Yesterday was another big day on the recruiting trail.
Just 4 days after the Gryphons signed Simon Chaves, the MVP of District 10, they landed the Waterloo Region’s MVP, linebacker Jared Beeksma of the WCSSAA and CWOSSA champion Jacob Hespeler Hawks. Beeksma also won an OVFL championship in 2016 with the Cambridge Lions.
The 6’2″ 188-pound Beeksma is a player with a good deal of versatility. While he is primarily considered a defensive player Beeksma played both ways for the Hawks. His performance at Jacob Hespeler won him the Waterloo Region’s top football award, the Doug Shuh Memorial Trophy, as voted on by the league’s coaches
Beeksma looks like he is suited to the coverage linebacker, or Sam position. He certainly is comfortable in coverage as he played defensive back for Team Ontario in 2015 and he has played 7-on-7 football with the MVP Football Academy. Canada Football Chat listed him as a defensive back in their preseason Top100 ranking of Canadian prospects.
Watch yesterday’s CTV News interview with Beeksma here.
Also, from December a story in the KW Record – Jacob Hespeler linebacker Beeksma wins MVP award
On a team loaded with outstanding defensive performers, Jared Beeksma was the best of the bunch.
The hard-hitting Jacob Hespeler Hawks linebacker is this year’s winner of the Doug Shuh Memorial Award, handed out annually to the Waterloo County senior football league’s most valuable player.
In a Cambridge Times story – Mr. “Third and 10” wins Doug Shuh award – Beeksma talked about his college options …
The MVP award will also go a long way … and Beeksma has narrowed down his choices for the fall to Waterloo, Guelph and McMaster, though he stressed that there is no frontrunner right now.
“I haven’t made a decision yet,” he said.
“I want to stay close to home after Simon (his brother) went so far away to Carleton. You get tired of visiting there; that’s a drive and a half with trees. I’ll also miss my mom.”
While football will be a priority to him, he doesn’t just want to pick a school based on that.
“Mainly I’m looking at what’s good for me,” he said.
“But it’s good to see if I’m looking towards Waterloo that they’re not just selling a changing program pitch to me. Other people are seeing what I think I’m seeing.
“When it comes to other established programs like Mac, I think that’s more of a personal decision for me. When it comes to academics and the depth charts, and the school community, the more historic programs matter less about who’s going there and is more on you.”
You can watch CTV’s December interview with Beeksma here.
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The signing ceremony at JHSS was only the first of two on the day. Previously announced committed recruit WR Tevin Doyley made things official with a signing ceremony at his school, Holy Trinity CSS in Oakville. Doyley won a Halton and GHAC titles, plus an OFSAA Bowl with Holy Trinity Titans in 2014. He was the Titans Team MVP in 2016.
Tevin Doyley became the second Holy Trinity student-athlete in this Gryphon recruiting class. He joined previously signed Big Man Stuart Allan, a 6’7″ 340-pound offensive lineman.
Read CanadaFootballChat.com’s story on Doyley here.
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Prior to the Christmas recruiting blackout period Guelph already had commitments from 3 York Region All Stars …
Now they have added a fourth …
Big OL Thomas Williams committed to Gryphon coaches a week ago. He wasted no time signing his LOI on a visit to Guelph this past Saturday.