Gryphons sign two via Western NY prep schools

A month ago in this blog’s Q&A with Kevin MacNeill, the head coach told us he wanted to sign more players from American prep schools. This weekend the Gryphons seem to have made the breakthrough MacNeill was hoping for. They received commiments from two outstanding prospects.


The commitment of 6’3″ 200-pound receiver Zeke Margaritis of Buffalo’s Canisius HS was announced yesterday.

And the signing of 6’3″ 295-pound offensive lineman Tyler Grisolia took place this morning at St Francis HS in Athol Springs NY, not too far from Orchard Park.

Both Margaritis and Grisolia are Ontario natives. Margaritis attended Hamilton’s Westdale Collegiate for Grades 9 & 10 where he was a teammate of Dewan Soyer and Aksum Polk. Grisolia went to Villanova College in King City before heading south in his Grade 11 year. At Villanova Grisolia played with WR recruit Ethan Hill.

Margaritis is ranked #87 in CFC’s Top 100. Previously he was a 3-time OVFL All Star with the Hamilton Ironmen. He ended his high school career in impressive fashion with 3 catches for two TDs and a 2-point convert in the NY State Championship game. The Buffalo News headline read – Margaritis’ last-second catch delivers Canisius to state title.

Grisolia has been a two-way linemen for most of the teams he has played for. His St Francis team won a the State title in 2015. He earned multiple all star honours as an offensive lineman in 2016, including being named First Team All-New York State by USA Today and First Team All-Western NY by the Buffalo News. But, his most famous play came on the defensive side of the ball …

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