Back on Wednesday Gryphon Football announced their first commitment from a 2016 recruit with this tweet:
Graham Brodie is a local student-athlete. He attends Guelph’s Bishop Macdonell Catholic High School. He has also played for the Guelph Junior Gryphons in the OFC and Team Ontario’s gold-medal winning squad in 2014. The 5’11” 170-pound Brodie is a two-time D10 All Star, a two-time OFC All Star and was a Defensive Player of the Game for Team O in their FCC semifinal win over Quebec. Brodie was ranked the #84 prospect in Canada in 2015 by CFC.
From the Guelph Mercury’s story – D10 and Varsity Gryphs All Star Brodie commits to Gryphs:
GUELPH — Defensive back Graham Brodie of Guelph has decided that attending university and playing OUA football in his hometown is a good fit for him.
“They’ve been recruiting me for a while,” Brodie said after he became the first player to commit to the Guelph Gryphons’ recruiting class for the 2016-17 season this week. “I’ve had lots of time to think about it and this was a good time to do it.
“I just figured it was the best fit for me. I figure I can win the most games here and I grew up here in Guelph. That’s definitely a bonus.”
While being a hometown player on the Gryphs can also lead to a little extra pressure, Brodie doesn’t feel that will be the case.
“I’m good under pressure,” he said. “I just rise to it.”
The defensive back has been a standout wherever he has played. He suited up for the Guelph Varsity Gryphons this summer and was a Dittmer Conference all-star. He has also played for Team Ontario in the annual Canada Cup of Football championship where, in 2014, he was the defensive player of the game for Ontario in a semifinal victory over Quebec.
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From Canada Football Chat’s story: CFC Top 100 2015 DB becomes Guelph’s first 2016 commitment:
“Graham is an outstanding local product that we are extremely happy that he chose to stay home and attend the University of Guelph,” commented Guelph’s Defensive Coordinator Kevin MacNeill.
Gryphons Special Forces and Recruiting Coordinator Bill Brown was ecstatic of the opportunity of instructing Brodie again. He believes that the defensive back’s playmaking ability will be an asset for the team.
“I had the pleasure of coaching Graham on the championship Team Ontario squad in 2014,” expressed Brown. “He has great footwork and is technically sound as a defensive back.”