Recruiting update – Jan 22/18

The Gryphons went into the Christmas recruiting blackout with 16 announced recruits. Since then, they added a pair of quarterbacks last week and two more offensive recruits this weekend.

The quarterbacks come from nearby Milton and Cambridge high schools.

And QB Andrew Horscroft from Cambridge St Benedict …

Then, they went a little farther afield to land an elite offensive lineman and a big-name, big-time receiver …

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Does that O’Shea name sound familiar?

You got it. Michael O’Shea Jr. is the son of Gryphon great and CFL Hall of Famer Mike O’Shea, currently head coach of the Winnipeg Blue Bombers.

But O’Shea Jr. isn’t coming to Guelph based on his name. He is an outstanding receiver. He played for Team Manitoba at the 2017 Football Canada Cup. He was among the leading receivers in Manitoba high school football in almost every statistical category. And, Canada Football Chat website named O’Shea to their High School All Canadian first team.

Take a close look and you’ll notice that another Gryphon receiver recruit [Noah Johns – London South] is also among the 4 All-Canadian WRs.

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O’Shea’s isn’t the only famous name. No sooner had the news of QB Michael Scarfone‘s commitment gone public than the questions started. Was QB Scarfone a relative of two-time All Canadian receiver Jacob Scarfone?

The short answer: No.

Rather, it was his father, Phil Scarfone, who had a notable CIAU playing career with the McMaster Marauders. Long-time Canadian university football fans will remember that Scarfone won the Hec Crighton trophy in 1984.

Michael Scarfone

What impressed me most about the younger Scarfone wasn’t his name or pedigree, it was his highlight tape.

I have to say, his are the most impressive highlights I’ve seen of a QB who I wasn’t previously familiar with. They’re outstanding. Much better than you’d expect from a QB who hasn’t played Team Ontario or summer league football, so far as I know. That says something about his natural ability and how his potential to develop over the next 4-5 years.

I plan to write more about Scarfone, Andrew Horscroft, and the other QB recruits shortly. It will include a look at the QB depth chart and my thoughts on the QB situation heading into 2018.

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If you have read this blog for long, you will know how much I value linemen and line play. I fully believe that football games are won and lost at the line of scrimmage. Thus, I can’t be happier than to see the Gryphons add another top O-Line prospect in Spencer Masterson to this recruiting class.

Spencer Masterson is an offensive tackle who looks like he could probably play on either LT or RT. At 6’6″ and 295 pounds Masterson already has near perfect size for the position. He moves very well and could probably continue to do so at 315 pounds. It’s not hard to imagine him being a starter and an OUA All Star just 2 or 3 years from now.

Spencer Masterson

Masterson’s father has been his head coach and O-Line coach at King City for the past several years. Masterson was named to the York Region All Star team and is a multiple time OVFL All Star. CFC ranks him as the #74 prospect in Canada regardless of position.


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2 Responses to Recruiting update – Jan 22/18

  1. TJ Siskin says:

    I love your articles on recruiting. Thank you and please keep them coming.
    I think the quarterback situation will be the most interesting area to watch heading into next season.
    I had really high hopes for this team with James Roberts in his 5th year. I thought Guelph had potential to upset Western in 2018 but that will be tougher with an inexperienced Qb.

  2. Jeff Masterson says:

    Thanks you for highlighting Spencer on your blog. We are looking forward to his next football step as a Guelph Gryphon.

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