Homecoming commitment (VIDEO)

OUA team gets fourth commitment this month as CFC TOP 100 linebacker commits during Homecoming.

It was a great weekend for one OUA team.

Not only did the Guelph Gryphons win their Homecoming game 24-22 over the defending Yates Cup Champions McMaster Marauders, but they also received a commitment from a CFC TOP 100 ranked player.

Linebacker Drew Walden is the newest addition to the Gryphons.  The 6’0, 200 pound native of Cambridge, Ontario said that a major reason for committing to the Gryphons was the ease he felt with the entire football program.

“I chose Guelph because of the ‘home’ atmosphere you get from the program from the recruiters to the Head Coach (Stu Lang) and coordinators,” explained Walden.  “Guelph is also producing top players in the OUA and I felt the coaches could help me reach that next level I’m looking to get too.”

One of the Gryphon coaches he is thrilled about being instructed by is Defensive Coordinator Kevin MacNeill.

“Kevin McNeil was a big part of why I wanted to become a Gryphon,” added the Cambridge, Ontario linebacker.  “He flat out knows how to coach football and game plan for other teams.”

“His defenses for the last few years have been outstanding.”

With his commitment to the Gryphons, Walden joins two other new recruits that he has been quite familiar with for years.

“Other factors that helped me choose Guelph were the additions of Nick Parisotto (defensive back) and James Roberts (quarterback) with Nick being my cousin and James being a good friend,” commented Walden.

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Previous to joining the Gryphons, Walden has played for the Cambridge Lions of the Ontario Varsity Football League (OVFL) and his high school team, St. Benedict Bears of the Waterloo County Secondary Schools Athletic Association (WCSSAA).  For two consecutive years, the linebacker has represented his home province as a member of Team Ontario West at the Football Canada Cup – 2012 in London, Ontario (the team won bronze) and 2011 in Lethbridge, Alberta.  Moreover, he travelled this past winter to Texas a member of Team Ontario Selects to play Team USA.

The Ontario linebacker was named Bears Most Valuable Player for four straight years. Additionally, Walden was named Lions Defensive MVP in both the peewee and junior varsity levels. of the OVFL and has been selected to the OVFL All-Star Team from 2009-2011 inclusively.

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