Gryphons add a key piece to defense

When the Gryphon Football program introduced their 2017 recruiting class on May 27th it was reasonable to assume that the class was complete but today they added another piece.

Defensive end Alain Cimankinda, an Ottawa native, who is a Champlain-Lennoxville CEGEP grad and played at New Mexico Military Institute in 2016, signed on with the Gryphons today.

Cimankinda is the type of player who is worth waiting for. Just two weeks ago I heard Guelph was locked in a battle with Western and UBC for Cimankinda’s services. No doubt new Offensive Coordinator J-F Joncas, who coached Cimankinda in CEGEP played a key role in getting Guelph into the race for his commitment.

Then, a late May recruiting visit to campus allowed the program to sell itself. Meeting the coaches, getting to know his future teammates, seeing the facilities and realizing the opportunity he would have at Guelph took care of the rest.

Cimankinda becomes the third Champlain-Lennoxville graduate to join the Gryphons incoming recruiting class. The other are a pair of receivers – AJ Chase and Zeph Fraser. He played his high school football at Franco Cite High School in Ottawa for Coach Jean Guillaume.

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