Name: Aidan England
Height: 6′ 2″
High School: Nelson High School [Burlington, ON]
Summer Club: Burlington Stampeders
England was a star player with a couple of top-notch programs – Nelson and the Burlington Stamps. He played on the Golden Horseshoe Rising Stars team in 2013. That summer, England was a member of Team Ontario’s Bronze-medal-winning squad at the 2013 Canada Football Cup. England was 1 of 5 Stampeders on that Team O squad – 3 of 5 are now Gryphon players [Duncan Curran] or committed recruits [Ben Field & England]. England played for the Stampeders in 2014 but missed his high school season after tearing his ACL.
England will be one of four linebackers in the 2015 Gryphon recruiting class.
That’s not a large number given the graduation of two LBs, a 5th year LB in John Rush and All Canadian 4th year LB Curtis Newton a likely CFL pick in 2016. I only see seven other LBs on the roster. That’s an unusually small number in my opinion given how many LBs usually also play special teams.
I love the fact that Aidan England is a Gryphon legacy recruit. His father, Wayne England, was a star Gryphon linebacker from 1985 to 1989. The senior England was drafted by and played for the BC Lions in 1989. While he is a lean 6’2″ 200 pounds, I expect England to add some strength and weight through the Strength and Conditioning program. He looks to be a WILL, or possibly, SAM linebacker.
Odds & Ends
♦ In June Aidan received one of four $3,500 graduate bursaries given to graduating Burlington high school athletes by the Rotary Club of Burlington Lakeshore.
♦ England received the Hamilton Tiger-Cats’ Community Captain Award for Excellence in Athletics and Academics this past year as well.
♦ Aidan was highly sought after by numerous CIS schools. Guelph’s primary competitors for his services were McMaster, Carleton and Mount Allison.