The Gryphons have received commitments from two more Ontario prospects in the past week – O-lineman Pascal D’Ambrosio and running back Kyle Sinden. Another member of the 2015 recruiting class – DT Jesse Kocins – also received some big news.
First, came the news that Cardinal Newman’s Pascal D’Ambrosio signed an LOI signifying his intent to play his college football with the Gryphons. A serious student, D’Ambrosio will study Physics at the University of Guelph. While D’Ambrosio is a relative newcomer to football he had the natural strength, toughness and size to be an immediate success and he has won multiple championships in his short career. That includes back-to-back Hamilton Catholic City championships with the Newman Cardinals for whom he played on both sides of the ball. In 2014, his first and only season of summer football, the 6’3″ 300-pound D’Ambrosio won an OFC Varsity title with the Hamilton Hurricanes and was named to the OFC All Star team.
Then, last night came the news that the Gryphons had received a commitment from Kyle Sinden, a lightning quick running back out of Tillsonburg’s Glendale High School. While listed at 5’8″ & 164 pounds, Sinden has put up big numbers on the football field. And on the track. And in the weight room. Those numbers include 17 touchdowns in 8 games at the HS junior level. Then, 9 TDs, 968 yards on 116 carries in his first year of senior ball. On the track Sinden has run an 11.18 100M, a 4.43 sec 40 and recorded a jump of 6.43 meters in the long jump. The impressive numbers don’t end there … Sinden can also bench 275 pounds and has a vertical jump of 38.5″. Taken together those numbers add up to a special athlete. To see how that translates to the football field check out Sinden’s Hudl highlights from this past summer with the Forest City Thunderbirds of the OFC. You get to see him up against “known” competition like the Burlington Stampeders, Hamilton Canes and KW Predators.
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Congratulations to recruit Jessy Kocins [Central Elgin, St Thomas] on being named to Football Canada’s U19 National Junior team. Kocins will be heading to Texas next week to play against Team USA in the International Bowl series. This is a return trip for Kocins who played for the U18 Junior National Team made up of Canada Cup All Stars in February 2014. The latest press release from Football Canada – 12 Standouts Added to Canadian U19 National Team.