#CFCOPC PLAYERS TO WATCH: Team Central Varsity RB Pierre enjoying social aspect of event

The countdown begins to CanadaFootballChat.com’s Ontario Prospect Challenge (OPC) on the April 29th weekend at Tim Horton’s Field in Hamilton. In the days leading up to the OPC, CFC will preview the teams and the players participating in the big event.

For Patrick Pierre of Team Central Varsity, the Ontario Prospect Challenge is another stop on his football journey, one of which he will not soon forget.

When the OPC begins, it will bring together a mass of young players from all over Ontario. “I chose to participate in the OPC because of all the exposure and socially it allows me to meet talented players and to also build friendships,” Pierre said.

From Pierre’s perspective, the OUA Top Prospect Combine has been the highlight of OPC so far. He said it has allowed him to show coaches his speed and his agility.

Patrick Pierre runs forward. Courtesy of Patrick Pierre.

Patrick Pierre runs forward. Courtesy of Patrick Pierre.

Pierre currently players as a running back and stands at 5’11, 190lbs. He has played for the Sir Wilfrid Laurier Blue Devils (Toronto District Secondary School Athletics Association) and the Metro Toronto Wildcats (Ontario Varsity Football League).

When asked what he likes about his current position, Pierre said, “Playing running back allows me to use my speed and agility to make players whenever I’m given the opportunity.”

It is little wonder, then, that young player draws inspiration from Bo Jackson, a former running back with the defunct Los Angeles Raiders (NFL), and LeSean McCoy, a running back for the Buffalo Bills. He said it is because of the confidence and swag that they bring to the game.

Pierre has never had the opportunity to play at Tim Hortons Field before. “I’m sure it will be a surreal experience to play in the home of the [Hamilton] Tiger-Cats,” he said. “I’ll handle the pressure by leaving it all in God’s hands.”

He added that, “God has blessed me athletically and I’m grateful to play such a beautiful game.”

The running back will be graduating in June and will suit up for the Guelph Gryphons (CIS) in the fall. His goals are to win a CIS championship. “I’d like to go as far as I’m able to with football, if that means I end up in the CFL then all praise to God,” he added.

While university is still several months away, the OPC is happening in less than a month. When the game commences, Pierre wants to showcase his abilities and be a contender for the MVP title. He also wants to score and beat Team West.

As for the team, Pierre said the plan is simple: execute the plays and win the game.

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