Lancers staff, players ‘are very serious’ about team

Lancers add three Ontario commits to their 2019 class.

Tyler Kunkel, a receiver from Holy Cross Catholic Secondary School, made history for his school when he committed to the University of Windsor Lancers.

Chris John, a running back from Chaminade College School, and Istvan Assibo-Dadzie, a defensive back from St. Roch Catholic Secondary School, will also be joining the Lancers.

Tyler Kunkel

Courtesy of Tyler Kunkel.

Tyler Kunkel has plenty of reasons as to why he picked the Lancers. He said he chose Windsor because of “the professionalism they carry themselves with. The staff are very serious about what they do on and off the field and that is a feeling mutual to every play there as well.”

He added that he thinks Windsor has one of the best coaching staffs in Canada. “I was fortunate to have the chance of playing for the Circellis last summer with the Jr. Mustangs and I am very confident that they have the ability to lead Windsor to a lot of success in these upcoming years.”

The Lancers facilities also impressed Kunkel, who said they were very nice with more upgrades to come. In terms of the locker room, he said it has “this team-based vibe to it because of how open it is, which can really bring a team together before and after practices and games.”

Kunkel, who is 6’0, 170lbs, will be taking criminology in university.

Kunkel played for the Sarnia Sturgeons (OFC) in 2016, the Forest City Thunderbirds (OFC) in 2017 and the London Junior Mustangs (OPFL) in 2018. He has been with the Holy Cross Centurions (TVRA) since 2014.

In his final season with the Centurions he was given the LDCSB defensive all-star award and was voted as the Centurions’ offensive MVP. He also received the United Way MVP award.

“I am honoured to be the first Holy Cross graduate that has committed to a university to play football,” Kunkel said. “I was fortunate to play with some talented players in my years and it will be no surprise if there are more HCC commits in the near future.”

Chris John

Chris John is from Toronto, Ontario. In high school he played football and ran track for the Chaminade Gryphons (TDCAA). He also played for the Metro Toronto Wildcats (OPFL). Standing at 5’10, 220lbs, he has played as a middle linebacker and defensive end as well.

Istvan Assibo-Dadzie

Istvan Assibo-Dadzie is a member of the St. Roch’s Ravens (ROPSSAA) in his hometown of Brampton, Ontario. The 5’11, 165lbs cornerback played eight games in 2018. In that time, he covered 153 snaps, had 20 targets and allowed only two catches. He also broke up ten passes and had two interceptions.

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