BABIN, NASSAR TO JOIN VARSITY BLUES FOOTBALL PROGRAM

The Varsity Blues football program is pleased to announce that Metro Toronto Wildcats star Justin Babin and teammate Simon Nassar have signed letters of intent and have committed to play football and pursue an education at the University of Toronto in the fall of 2010.

“Justin is one of the top players in the country and Simon is an intelligent quarterback with great leadership qualities who has had a huge impact on the teams he’s played on,” said Toronto head coach Greg DeLaval. “These two prospects are as excited about the direction of our program as we are and both have indicated that they want to be a part of a world-class institution. I believe Justin and Simon will be great ambassadors of this University.”

Babin, a 5-foot-11 wide receiver, has reached the pinnacle at every level of football. The Lawrence Park standout is a two-time GTA all-star and the Panthers 2009 most valuable player. He was also named a Toronto Star all-star and one of the top 25 players to watch this past fall.

A 2009 Ontario Varsity Football League (OVFL) all-star, Babin was this year’s league leader in receptions and receiving yards and was named the Wildcats overall MVP.

The Toronto native comes by the sport and his competitive nature naturally. His father Ed was a quarterback for the Concordia Stingers, while his uncle played football for the McGill Redman.

The women in his family have also had tremendous influence on his athletic endeavours. His mother Cathy is a two-time Ironman participant and a former member of the Canadian national triathlon team. His cousin, Andrea LeDonne, plays division I Varsity hockey for Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) in Troy, New York.

As a quarterback, Nassar is a standout football player in his own right. He was awarded Lawrence Park’s 2009 offensive MVP and helped lead his team to a Tier II Toronto City championship this season. He was also named the basketball team’s most valuable player in 2008.

The 2009 honour roll student, Nassar is a former member of the Metro Toronto Wildcats and considers Doug Flutie his favourite professional athlete.

“Mike Danischewsky and the Metro Toronto Wildcats have a done a tremendous job of attracting and developing top football players in Toronto,” noted Blues assistant head coach and recruiting coordinator John Engel. “With the kind of example that these two young men have set forth, we are sure others will follow.”

Students who sign a letter of intent and commit to Varsity Blues intercollegiate teams will be eligible to play at the University of Toronto provided they are academically admissible and have applied through the normal process with the Ontario Universities Application Centre.

For more information, scores and highlights on your favourite Toronto teams, please visit the home of the Varsity Blues at [URL]http://www.varsityblues.ca.

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