In the past week Guelph has added two more highly regarded prospects at the receiver position. Last week it was Mike Ciavarella, a top Hamilton receiver out of Sherwoood Secondary and the Hamilton Hurricanes. This week it’s the speedy Sam Lewis of Nelson High and the Burlington Stampeders. There are some similarities between the two, particularly their abilities to contribute to the offense in a variety of ways.
Mike Ciavarella was not just a receiver but an all-purpose player for the Sherwood Saints where he won multiple team MVP honours. The Saints made it a point to get the ball into his hands 15 to 20 times a game on both rushing and passing plays. With the OFC Champion Hurricanes Ciavarella scored on running and receiving plays but made his biggest impact as a returner on special teams. He scored TDs both as a kick returner and as a punt returner and was the Canes’ Special Teams MVP in 2014.
Another multi-purpose player, Nelson’s Sam Lewis is primarily a slot receiver but, when his Stamps team needed him to, he lined up at tailback for several games. And he played that position very well including a 205-yard rushing performance against the Huronia Stallions. Lewis was named to the 2014 OFC All Star team as a receiver. He scored at least a dozen TDs this summer with the Stampeders and was named the team’s Offensive MVP. Perhaps Lewis’ biggest accomplishment of 2014 came as sprinter when he earned an OFSAA Gold Medal as part of Nelson’s 4×100 championship relay team. Before Christmas CanadaFootballChat.com had reported that Lewis had narrowed his recruiting choices to Western, McMaster, Waterloo and Guelph.