Guelph Gryphons bulk up on Ontario commits

Guelph adds five commits to their Class of 2017.

A successful football team relies on all the cogs and gears working together and Ahmad Imtiaz, a linebacker from Northern Secondary School, feels he will fit in nicely with the University of Guelph Gryphons.

Linebackers Sam Bergeron from St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Secondary School and Dylan McKenzie from Holy Names Catholic High School, along with tight end Pierson French from Orillia Secondary School and quarterback Deandre Rose from St. Roch Secondary School, will also be joining Guelph.

Ahmad Imtiaz

Courtesy of Ahmad Imtiaz.

It’s always important to understand how you fit in with the plans of any sports team. When Ahmad Imtiaz spoke with the Gryphons, he believed it would be a good fit. “I believe Coach Grandy’s scheme is perfect for me,” Imtiaz said. “After talking to him, I felt that the coaches are really invested in your development as a football player.”

Thinking more than just sports, the potential Sociology or Criminology student added that, “The support that they have for both academics that go with the facilities for development are perfect. Also, Guelph is a really great school itself.”

Imtiaz, a 6’0, 225lbs defensive end and outside linebacker, has played with the Northern Red Knights (Toronto District Secondary School Athletic Association) for four years. The product of Toronto also spent three years with the Metro Toronto Wildcats (OVFL). He has participated in the Fox 40 Prospect Challenge and Top Prospect Canada. He is a former GTA all-star and a 2015 city champion.

Sam Bergeron
Sam Bergeron is from Oakville, Ontario. Standing at 6’2, 215lbs, he spent his high school days with the St. Thomas Aquinas Raiders (Halton Secondary School Athletic Association).

Dylan McKenzie
Dylan McKenzie, who is from Windsor, Ontario, played football with the Holy Names Knights (Windsor-Essex County Secondary School Athletic Association) and the Essex Ravens. He is 6’0, 180lbs.

Pierson French
Pierson French is a multi-position athlete. Standing at 6’5, 220lbs, he has played as a tight end, defensive end, fullback and middle linebacker. He played with Orillia Secondary School in the Simcoe County Athletic Association in his hometown of Orillia, Ontario.

Deandre Rose
Deandre Rose calls Brampton, Ontario, his home. The GTA commit played high school ball with the St. Roch Ravens (Region of Peel Secondary School Athletic Association). In early November of 2015, he was named CityNews’ athlete of the week. Standing at 6’1, 180lbs, he has also played with the Durham Dolphins (OVFL).

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