Home is where the heart is for Bison commits

Manitoba adds two local commits to their Class of 2018.

It is said that home is where the heart is, and for University of Manitoba Bisons commits, defensive lineman Collin Kornelson and defensive back Stephen Adamopoulos from St. Paul’s High School, that sounds just about right.

Collin Kornelson

By G. Dickson.

Collin Kornelson from Winnipeg, Manitoba, won’t be leaving the province anytime soon, and that’s fine by him.

“I chose to commit to Manitoba because the coaching staff, facilities and the entire program in general will help me become the best player I can be. Also, being able to play in front of family and friends was obviously a big draw for me,” he said.

“The coaching staff at Manitoba are definitely some of the top coaches in the country. I feel that I will be able to better my football skills with the help from these coaches,” he added.

Kornelson has been playing football for ten years. He started his career with the Valour Patriots before joining the St. Paul’s Crusaders (Winnipeg High School Football League) for four years. He is a two-time representative of Team Manitoba on the under-16 edition and under-18 edition of the team.

The potential Criminology student is a two-time champion with the Crusaders. Last season, Kornelson, who is 6’3, 255lbs, was named as a league all-star and was named the Crusaders’ lineman of the year.

Stephen Adamopoulos

For Stephen Adamopoulos, a commitment to Manitoba is more than just a commitment to a team. “This means I get to continue doing what I love in front of my family and friends here in Winnipeg, (my hometown)” he said.

By Mike Lukyn.

“I chose to commit to the University of Manitoba because they provide an elite program for which I can develop as a football player, student and person,” he added. “The Bisons football program has top-of-the-class facilities at Investors Group Field, including the stadium, weight room and so much more.”

The 6’3, 175lbs cornerback was also enthralled with a coaching staff that he called excellent. “They really impressed me and provided that extra influence for me to commit,” he said. “The Bisons football program has produced numerous professional athletes and that goes to show how great the coaches are”

Adamopoulos spent four years with the Crescentwood Grizzlies and three with the St. Paul’s Crusaders (WHSFL). He also played on the 2017 edition of Team Manitoba. In 2016, he was the Crusaders’ defensive MVP and a league all-star. He also captured an ‘AAA’ championship with the team in 2017. This past season, he was named as a CFC50 Manitoba all-star. He is interested in either education or kinesiology.

“I want to express how my commitment is not only an accomplishment of my own, but it reflects all the hard work from my family members to provide me with everything I need,” he said. “My family and fiends have all supported me so much and without their help, I would not have the opportunity to play university football.”

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