Dinos attract 3 Calgary-area commits

Calgary welcomes two commits from Cochrane and one from Calgary.

Slot back Zach Rabe and linebacker Dylan Gingrich-Hadley from Cochrane High School, along with Salim Fraser, a defensive end from Sir Winston Churchill High School, will be staying home after signing with the Calgary Dinos.

Zach Rabe

Zach Rabe dives for the touchdown. Courtesy of Zach Rabe.

Zach Rabe dives for the touchdown. Courtesy of Zach Rabe.

Zach Rabe didn’t call Cochrane, Alberta his home until the age of 12. He moved to the community, which is north west of Calgary, after spending 12 years in the gulf city of Corpus Christi, Texas. Now Calgary has captured his heart. “It’s a very well structured program and they win a lot. I get a family vibe from them like no other team that has talked to me,” he said.

“It’s close to home and it’d be fun to play with friends who I’ve played with ever since grade eight. It’s close to family and the offer they gave was too good to turn down and I’m very grateful for that,” he added.

The Cochrane Cobra (Alberta Schools Athletic Association) originally wasn’t set on pursing football. “Baseball was originally the main focus but recently changed. I’ve had scholarships and interest from schools in Arizona, Indiana, Iowa and Texas,” he said.

The Dino’s coaches are probably happy that football won out in the end. “There’s a lot of coaches,” Rabe said. “Very nice, welcoming guys who are confident in their program and recruits, very well organized and knowledgeable. The type of coaches I’d want to be apart of this next step in my life.”

The former Cochrane Lion (Calgary Bantam Football Association) is 6’0, 170lbs. During his Texas days, he played Pop Warner Football. Despite not considering a post-secondary career in football, the potential architecture student has quite the football resume. In 2014, he was Rookie of the Year. The following year, he was Receiver of the Year and a league all-star. In 2016, he was Receiver of the League and his team’s MVP.

Dylan Gingrich-Hadley

Cochrane Cobra teammate Dylan Gingrich-Hadley had his eyes set on Calgary during his recruitment process. While he started football in grade five, he also dabbled in other sports like basketball and lacrosse. He is interested in either and outdoor-environmental field of kinesiology.

During his career, Gingrich-Hadley has been named as the most improved player, the best defensive lineman and a league all-star. He has also won two provincial championships with the Cobras. Standing at 6’3, 235lbs, he also has played as a defensive end.

Salim Fraser

Salim Fraser spent his high school years with the Sir Winston Churchill Bulldogs (Calgary Senior High School Athletic Association). The former CBFA all-star will be staying in his hometown of Calgary. Standing at 6’3, 235lbs, he will be bringing size to the defensive line.

 

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