Ten days ago I wrote this about what were recent recruit announcements …
Added to the offense were QB Simon Shi of Scarborough Sir John A MacDonald and the brother tandem of CFC Top 100 WR Joshua Perez of Mississauga Lorne Park and RB Aaron Perez of Mississauga Iona CSS [via UofT]. I will provide more details on the three offensive recruits in a separated post.
And while I’m just getting around to that post now there have been several more announcements. Those include the commitment of Jaylan Guthrie, a CFC Top 100 offensive tackle from Vanier College, a Montreal CEGEP, and a native of Ajax, Ontario. Guthrie is now over 6’5″ & weighs 275. And he is still growing while remaining extremely athletic. From Brampton St Roch CSS comes a quick and athletic two-way player, Akeem Knowles, who will play DB at Guelph. The Gryphons also received a commitment from a sixth Niagara prospect, 6’1″ 208-pound Simon DiMaria , a DB from Denis Morris CHS in St Catharines.
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The addition of the 6’2″ 200lb WR Joshua Perez came as a surprise right out of the blue for me. He was a CFC Top 100 ranked receiver in the 2014 recruiting cycle who hadn’t committed anywhere to my knowledge and a name that I had forgotten about quite frankly. But Perez is a perfect addition to this recruiting class. With several smaller, speedy receivers and a couple of recruits with good size but suited for the slot or H-back, Perez looks like the missing piece to me. He has the size, skills, speed to be an ideal ‘W’ receiver – the position played by Saxon Lindsey and A’dre Fraser the past few years. The ‘W’ is the outside receiver on the boundary side and should be the teams best receiver in 1-on-1 matchups. Based on Josh Perez’s film I think he brings exactly what one would hope for at that position. Perez won a ROPSSAA championship and an OFSAA Bowl in 2013 with Mississauga’s Lorne Park Spartans. He was a teammate at LP with fellow 2015 commit Ruairi McGivern.
Running back Aaron Perez is Josh’s older brother. After a very successful career as a running back at Iona Catholic in Mississauga he enrolled at UofT where he spent 2012 on the Varsity Blues practice roster. Perez was listed as 5’10” & 175 pounds on the UofT roster but based on the photo above I have to think he has added some bulk since that time. Some added strength and his UofT experience should help Perez to compete for a RB position in the post-Farquharson era. Two older Perez brother played university soccer in the NCAA and the CIS. Their father Brian played NCAA football with the Syracuse Orangemen.
With depth at QB being a major need of this recruiting class the addition of quarterback Simon Shi is good news. Even so, to my knowledge, as it stand the Gryphons will still enter August training camp with only 4 QBs on the roster. Shi, listed at 6’1″ 185, brings good size to the position. Based on is film Shi ran an offense at Sir John A MacDonald quite similar to what Guelph does so his learning curve won’t be too steep. I like that he is not afraid to pull the ball on the read-option and run with it and he seems to make good reads. At MacDonald this fall he played with fellow Guelph recruit and Team Canada running back Khaliel James. Shi has also played with the OVFL Toronto Thunder.