The commitment of Jaylan Guthrie, a CFC Top 100 offensive tackle from Vanier College in Montreal, definitely breaks some new ground for the Gryphons. This is only the second commitment from a CEGEP player that I can recall. Guthrie is an Ontario native who grew up in Ajax playing minor football in the Pickering Dolphins system and at Pickering High School. After graduating from Pickering in 2013, Guthrie has now spent two years at Vanier College.
Obviously this CEGEP experience means Guthrie is a little older and more experienced than your typical Ontario recruit. He earned a starting position at Vanier just a few games into his first season. Vanier is a perennial contender and frequent champion in the RSEQ’s top CEGEP division, so Guthrie has received very good coaching and faced tough competition. Guelph OL Coach Mike MacDonald had this to say …
Jaylan Guthrie is a real steal for us. He flew under the radar a bit. First saw him play when I went to see a GEGEP game between Vanier and Lennoxville. He stood out to me immediately with his athleticism. He was going against very high level talent and was winning almost every rep.
I saw the same things in his highlights. The video I watched was just one game, but it was against the eventual 2014 Div 1 champion Montreal Vieux. On many of those highlight plays he was matched up against a defensive end [#11] who received 3 NCAA FBS scholarship offers and was ranked as the #4 prospect in Canada. It’s worth noting that this opponent doesn’t include any reps where he engages with Guthrie on his own, very impressive, highlight tape.
While it’s perhaps hard to claim that a player ranked in the CFC Top 100 [#97] is under the radar, it is a fact that Guthrie didn’t make the 2015 Top 100 list until the final, post-season edition.
Combine the fact that Guthrie will be 21 by the time he comes to camp with his 6’5″ 275-pound frame and his CEGEP experience, and he should be able to compete early for some playing time. He is extremely athletic and already has pretty good pass pro technique, a skill that often takes more time than any other skills to develop in players. Guthrie’s build and athleticism suit him for the tackle position. He could immediately provide depth on either side but likely ends up on the left side.
This is a very exciting pickup for the Gryphons that may also open some doors for future recruiting success in Quebec. The Gryphons have recently begun invested some effort into recruiting Quebec’s CEGEPs. As we have seen with Western, a breakthrough like this can be developed into a pipeline for talent.