Fox 40 Prospect Challenge (Central): DB Swerhun stuffed with experience

Chris Swerhun has been playing football for six years, and overall his experience has been amazing.

“I have met so many amazing people, coaches and friends from it, and have travelled all over,” said Chris, “as well as become a better person from football.”

The defensive back first began his football career in Grade 5 with the Thunder Bay Minor Football Association (TBMFA) with the Stampeders and Marauders until Grade 8, during that time he also played summer football with the TBMFA Knights.

In Grade 8, he competed in his first Ontario Prospect Challenge with the Halton-Peel underclassman team, and returned as a freshman the next year.

During that time he also trained at Football University’s defensive back camp in Chicago and with FBU’s Top Gun DB camp in Dublin, Ohio, which is an invitation only event based on performance at the Regional State Camps.

In Grade 9, he also played with the Diamond All American Freshman White Team in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, as well as with the TBMFA U16 Knights in Winnipeg in the Blue/Gold Classic.

That year, he returned to the FBU defensive back camp in Chicago, as well as to the FBU Top Gun DB camp in Rock Hill, South Carolina.

That fall, he joined the junior Superior CVI Gryphons in the Superior Secondary Schools Athletic Association (SSSAA).

The following year, he returned to the Gryphons, but they joined forces with the Hammarskjold Vikings after a few weeks into the season due to low numbers at Superior CVI.

That year, he also joined Team Canada in the Pop Warner Super Bowl down in Florida, which was a career highlight for him when he caught an interception.

Chris said it was interesting to suddenly end up with the ball and have to shift from defence to offence mode. He also liked feeling what it is like to be tackled compared to doing the tackling.

Recently, Chris returned from the Top Prospects Canada Elite Combine in Toronto, and from the U18 Team Ontario tryout in Hamilton.

Moreover, he is currently practicing for the TBMFA U18 Knights in hopes of playing in the Blue/Gold Classic in Manitoba again.

The Gryphon is also playing with the Halton-Peel Sophomore team in the Fox 40 Prospect Challenge.

“My goals for the FPC are to be the best player that I can be there, to improve on my technique and to learn more about the sport while catching the eye of the coaches,” said Chris.

In May, he will be returning to FBU DB camp in Twin Cities, Minnesota.

During the offseason, he has been doing CrossFit since Grade 7, and has even competed in the 2016 Open Teen division and in the 2016 Catalyst Games Teen Division in Sault Ste. Marie under trainer Coach Dave Wensley at CrossFit 807.

Chris also plays badminton and track at school, snowboards and works out daily.

On the field, his role model is his mom because she has always motivated him to keep going and pushing himself forward.

“Without her support I don’t think I could’ve made it as far as I have,” added the defensive back.

Chris loves to play football because it is a very competitive support.

He also loves the aggression and the feeling you get when you make that big play.

“I play to tackle,” continued Chris.

Chris Swerhun
Position: Cornerback and safety
Height/Weight: 5’7”, 127lbs
Teams: Superior CVI Gryphons (SSSAA)
Class: 2019

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