Name: Daniel Fascione
Position: Defensive End
Height: 6 foot 2 inches
Weight: 220 pounds
High School: Cardinal Newman CSS [Stoney Creek ON]
Summer Club: Hamilton Ironmen [OVFL]
Won 3 Hamilton Catholic City Championships and a GHAC title with the Cardinals. A Newman team captain as a senior and Team MVP in Grade 10. Recorded 3 sacks in the GHAC title game. Also had 3 sacks for the Ironmen against Etobicoke & recorded a sack in 5 straight OVFL games while playing opposite Gryphon freshman DE Charlie Taggart. A 3-time Def MVP with the Hamilton Steelers. Played in the 2014 Steel City Bowl. Played rep Basketball, played Rugby at Newman [MVP in Grade 11], played the past two seasons on Newman badminton team and went to GHAC T&F meet in the long jump.
One of 8 DL recruits this year after only taking one last year. The Gryphons were shorthanded at some points last season after the surprising loss of 5 DLs in the offseason, including Jeff Finley to the CFL. Gavrilovic, and possibly Walker, are done. The Gryphons have been pro-active bringing some top D-Line talent in advance of possibly losing five more DLs after the 2015 season.
I love that he is a multi-sport athlete. Even Badminton matters. Just think about the stops, starts, changes of direction and hand-eye coordination involved. The fact that a 220-pounder can excel says something about him. Fascione can also run a basketball court, a rugby pitch and runs a 4.8 forty. That adds up to a versatile, athletic player who could also be valuable on special teams. Fascione is already an experienced long-snapper.
Odds & Ends
- Unless my memory fails me, Fascione and CN teammate OL Pascal D’Ambrosio are the first two Cardinal Newman players to commit to Guelph in the past decade. That’s not insignificant because Cardinals Coach Anthony Macaluso has built a strong program there over the past five years or so.