Last Saturday I went up to Guelph to watch the Queen’s Cup hockey game. The Gryphons won an exciting match with the UQTR Patriotes 4-0. I made it a point to get up there early enough to take in the final hour of the Elite HS Big Man Camp. When I caught a glimpse of the Alumni Stadium scoreboard I knew something big was up.
Sure enough, the Gryphons announced on Friday that Team Canada/Team Saskatchewan RB Jamal Hooker had committed to play football at the University of Guelph. The 5’7″ 180-pound running back starred at Dr. Martin LeBoldus CHS in Regina. He was a 3-time City and Provincial Champion with the LeBoldus Golden Suns along with current Gryphon commit Kade Belyk. A dynamic running back, Hooker was a conference all star who rushed for 1,055 yards and 7 TDs on 130 carries. He also added 313 yards and 7 more TDs on 14 catches. That’s an eye-popping 22.4 yards per reception.
It was really at the Football Canada Cup last July that he dazzled college coaches and recruiters. Hooker’s strong play for Team Saskatchewan earned him an invite to play for Canada in the recent International Bowl series. He and LeBoldus teammate Belyk were both part of the U18 squad that defeated the United States 25-9 in Arlington, Texas.