SFU commits ready to bring it all

SFU welcomes three local commits to their 2019 class.

CFC100 Evan Nolli, a defensive lineman from New Westminster Secondary School, CFC100 Jerrell Cummings from Notre Dame Regional Secondary School, and Mahyar Hosseini, a linebacker from Carson Graham Secondary School are ready for the challenge of rebuilding Canada’s only NCAA Division 2 football team, the Simon Fraser Clan.

CFC100 Evan Nolli

By Alan Wardle.

Evan Nolli is no stranger to the Clan’s coaches. “I have a strong connection with Coach Ford, the head coach, and all the other coaches on the SFU staff,” he said. “Very good coaching staff. The staff will coach you, train you and work you hard, but they will also help you with non-football related questions or problems.”

Nolli, who is 6’3, 250lbs, added that, “It’s my hometown team and I want to be apart of the reconstruction of the team!”

Nolli has spent five years paying football in his hometown of Burnaby, BC. In high school he played with the New Westminster Hyacks (BCSSFA). He is a two-time provincial champion in 2016, his grade nine year, and in 2017 when he was in grade 11. He is also a 2018 Western Conference defensive MVP and provincial all-star. He was a member of the first Fox 40 Prospect Challenge in British Columbia. He will be participating in the 2019 edition as well.

Interested in becoming a history and social studies teacher, Nolli plans on taking history in university.

CFC100 Jerrell Cummings

Courtesy of Jerrell Cummings.

A born competitor, Jerrell Cummings isn’t shying away from the challenge of NCAA Division 2 football. “I wanted to compete at the highest level with a program I felt most comfortable at. There was a big change behind the scenes that people didn’t pay attention to last year, but it’s time for me and my class of ‘19 teammates to make it known to the world SFU is a top program in the NCAA,” he said.

“I did not come to SFU to lose, neither did anyone else who committed,” he added. “We all have the same vision and one goal in common. We came to win championships and change the culture to make the program dominate once again.”

However, it will be the SFU coaches that will be leading the charge first and foremost. Cummings, who is 5’11, 180lbs, said that SFU has the best coaching staff in Canada and the NCAA Division 2. “It all starts with the head coach, Thomas Ford, coach of the year in Div. 2 football,” he added.

Cummings began his career with the Vancouver Trojans (AJFL) at the tender age of seven. He then played for the Notre Dame Jugglers (BCSSFA) in high school. He is a two-time conference all-star and was recently named as a provincial all-star. Hailing from East Vancouver, BC, he is interested in studying psychology.

Mahyar Hosseini

By Blair Photo.

A resident of North Vancouver, BC, Mahyar Hosseini knows he will always have support while at university. “One of the biggest things is staying home and being close to my family. They have always been supportive of me when I needed them most and going away wouldn’t seem right,” he said.

Ready to embrace a second family, Hosseini said what appealed to him most was the change of culture at SFU. As well, “being able to go to SFU, you would be able to play D2 football, which, for me, has always been my dream.”

Hosseini is also thoroughly impressed with the team’s coaches. “There is not enough to say about them,” he said. “The coaching staff wants to breed you to be a successful student first, then an athlete afterwards.”

Standing at 6’0, 200lbs, Hosseini added that, “It was also great having the kind of relationship with the coaches where you can message or call them whenever you need to. The coaches made time for their recruits and really showed us what SFU was really about and spoke to the recruits on a regular basis, unlike other universities.”

In his career with the Carson Graham Eagles (BCSSFA), Hosseini was a AAA Western Conference all-star in 2018. He was also voted as the “best back” amongst his peers in 2016 and 2017. He is a former participant of the FPC and he is interested in studying kinesiology.

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