Guelph Gryphons bring in CFC100, talents from Québec

Guelph adds two commits from Québec and a former Western commit.

The University of Guelph Gryphons have been busy recruiting across provincial lines, and they have ensnared the likes of CFC100 Noah Johns, a wide receiver from London South Collegiate Institute, Philip Charpentier, a quarterback from Campus Notre-Dame-de-Foy, and Étienne Roy, an offensive lineman from Cégep de L’Outaouais,

Noah Johns
Noah Johns wanted to explore the football scene away from his city, and now he has decided that the University of Guelph would be the perfect place to do so.

While Johns calls London, Ontario, home, he felt more than comfortable on Guelph’s campus. “It gave me that home feeling when I went on my visits there,” he said. “My family can come to every game and I can come home whenever I want if I want to see them.”

Standing at 6’0, 175lbs, Johns said he really connected with the team’s coaches. “Me and Coach MacNeill and Coach Galloway built a relationship over the past couple months. I know they have my back and I can put trust into them when I need to.”

Courtesy of Noah Johns.

Johns is interested in taking criminal justice and psychology at Guelph.

Johns began playing football when he was seven years old with the Westminster Wolverines (LMFA). Starting in 2014, he played five seasons with the South Lions (Thames Valley Regional Athletics) where his team won the 2016 OFSAA championship. He suited up for the Forest City Thunderbirds (OFC) in 2015. The following year, he played with the London Jr. Mustangs (OVFL) and was on Team Ontario at the Football Canada Cup.

“I wouldn’t have gotten where I am today without my coaches. Coach Stenning, Martin and Snyder have all given me advice throughout my years of high school and guided me in the right direction. They help me with problems outside of school and inside of school no matter what the case. They have acted like father figures in my life,” Johns said.

He would also like to thank his trainer Steve at Powerhouse Training. “He always pushes me to do better and train harder and I’ve really seen the results over the years,” he said.

“Lastly, my team. My team is like my family to me. We have a bond like no other school since it’s so small,” he added. “We are all like brothers and have each others’ backs on and off the field.”

Philip Charpentier

Courtesy of Philip Charpentier.

Philip Charpentier spent his career as a tight end and quarterback with Le Notre-Dame du CNDF (RSEQ Division 1) in Saint-Augustin-de-Desmaures, Québec. Now, he will be getting a taste of Ontario football.

“I chose Guelph for the amazing coaching staff and opportunities in the program,” the potential sociology student said. “The academics at UofG are also very good and the student-athlete support is great.”

While with CNDF, the 6’4, 215lbs athlete won a Bol d’Or in 2016. He played with L’Arsenal de Nouvelles Frontières (RSEQ) in high school in his home of Gatineau, Québec.

Étienne Roy

Courtesy of Étienne Roy

Étienne Roy, who is also from Gatineau, Québec, had nothing but positive things to say about his future school. “I chose Guelph because of the rich history of the institution and the quality of the education it offers, the extremely qualified and professional coaching staff, the feeling of being apart of a family with the Gryphons and the extremely impressive and unique sports facilities,” he said.

Coming from the Québec football scene, Roy said that all Québec football players are familiar with Gryphons’ coach Jean-Fançois Joncas from his time as head coach at Champlain College Lennoxville.

He added that, “I have been very impressed by the qualifications and manner of all the coaches under the helm of Coach McNeill. My first contact was with offensive line coach, Coach MacDonald, and I felt mutual respect from the get-go.”

Roy also played with with L’Arsenal de Nouvelles Frontières (RSEQ) before joining Les Griffons du Cégep de l’Outaouais (RSEQ Division 3). In his three years with the team, the 6’2, 290lbs athlete started at all five positions on the offensive line. His primary positions are guard or centre. He is interested in leadership and organizational management.

“I am very excited and honored to join the Gryphons football family,” Roy said. “I have much to learn from the coaches and share with some 80 new teammates.”

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