It was back in 2011 that former Gryphon Mark Antonelli tipped me off to a stud player he had playing for him at Blessed Trinity in Grimsby – a guy with definite CIS ability. Back then, Antonelli was the defensive coordinator of BT’s Junior Varsity team, a squad that won the Niagara championship that year. I watched that team play in the 2011 Junior Metro Bowl play-downs. The player in question was running back/linebacker Dean Yaromich, who 3+ years later has just committed to play his college ball for the University of Guelph.
While I may have heard early on about Yaromich’s potential, it’s not like he was able to keep a low profile for very long. Fresh out of Grade 10 Yaromich played linebacker for the Niagara Spears Varsity team. In his first season at the Varsity level he was selected an OVFL All Star at linebacker. I recall talking with some CIS recruiters at Spears’ games who could hardly believe that Yaromich, already 6’2″ 210 pounds and playing like a veteran, was as young as he was. To put it into perspective, 3rd year Gryphon LB Pat McGrath was also an OVFL All Star in 2012.
Being the youngest player on the team didn’t stop Yaromich from being named the Spears’ Defensive MVP in 2012. He finished the season with the third highest total of defensive points in the OVFL. In 2013 he was playing beside current Gryphon Alan Florez on a very good Spears team that reached the OVFL championship game. With the BT Thunder Yaromich was a Niagara Region AAA/AAAA All Star in 2013 and 2014. Below are Dean Yaromich’s 2012 highlights: