Sky’s the limit for towering SMU’s CFC100, OL commits

The Huskies bring in two out-of-province commits to their team.

The Saint Mary’s University Huskies have picked up a fair bit of height and versatility in the forms of offensive lineman Adam Wagner from Hague High School and CFC100 wide receiver Prento Durigon from New Westminster Secondary School.

Adam Wagner

Adam Wagner (#67). Courtesy of Adam Wagner.

First impressions can set the tone for the entire relationship. When Adam Wagner met with the Huskies’ head coach, there was an instant connection. “Each time I met him, James Colzie III was straight forward and upfront with me regarding his goals for the team. This was something that drew me in from the beginning,” Wagner said.

“I feel like Coach Colzie is building something special here. One of the first thoughts that went through my mind after meeting him was, ‘this is a man that I would like to play football for.’”

Originally from Hague, Saskatchewan, a small, rural community north of Saskatoon, Wagner is already familiar with intimate settings. While Halifax is an upgrade size-wise, it’s still considered a small town. “Some of my options were bigger cities, but during my visit to Halifax, it really just felt right,” Wagner said.

When Wagner reaches Saint Mary’s University, he plans on entering the Sobey’s School of Business. He said that it is a fantastic business program with small class sizes, which he added will help him succeed.

Towering at 6’7, 305lbs, the offensive tackle has been playing football for seven years. He spent his high school days playing six-man football with the Hague Panthers (Prairie Spirit School Division). After a year off, he joined the Saskatoon Hilltops (CFJL) where he was on the practice roster for two seasons. He then moved to the Valley Huskers (CJFL) and started all ten games in his one season with the team.

During high school, Wagner was a four-time Mr. Panther award recipient for leadership on and off the field. In 2012, he was the lineman of the year. The following year, he played on the Saskatchewan North team in the Senior Bowl. In 2016, he was the Chilliwack Knights of Columbus spirit award winner.

In his two seasons with the Hilltops, the team captured two national championships. He said that despite being a red shirt, “they helped develop me into the player that I am today. It truly helps when you’re battling night in and out with some of the best players in the nation in junior football.”

Wagner is eternally grateful for all the support he has had from his former coaches. He first thanks his high school coaches, Coach Berry, Coach Lungull, Coach Mufford, and Coach Kirby, for helping him develop into the player he is today.

He also thanks his Hilltop’s coaches, offensive line coach Davidson and Head Coach Sarge, along with his Chilliwack coaches, offensive line coach Acheson and Head Coach Quinter.
Now, he will be getting a taste for university coaching. “I am extremely excited to work with Coach Colzie III, as well as Coach Tufford and Coach Ireland. I believe with their guidance, I can reach my full potential as a player,” he said.

“From everything that I’m seeing, I think that the Huskies will be very competitive in the AUS this year.”

Prento Durigon
CFC100 Prento Durigon will be travelling across the country to reach the east coast. Hailing from New Westminster, BC, he played with the New Westminster Hyacks (BC Secondary Schools Football Association) for one season.

Farhan Lalji, the head coach of the Hyacks, said Durigon transferred to the school prior to his senior year. He added that Durigon came from a struggling program, so he has only had one true year of extensive football structure. But, Lalji believes he has Division 1 tools.

“I think you will see exponential growth in his game and personality each year,” Lalji said. “I think eventually he will be a dominant, All-Canadian type player. He is still very raw, but his ceiling is tremendous.”

Standing at 6’4, 225lbs, Durigon has played as a defensive end and tight end, but will be joining the Huskies as a wide receiver. “(He brings) size, length, athleticism and versatility. It will be interesting to see where Coach Colzie will play him. He has very good instincts on both sides of the ball,” Lalji said.

While it is a long fight to Halifax, Lalji said going into a distraction-free environment “will be a blessing for Prento. I expect him to take advantage of the opportunity to realize his potential and build a great future for himself.”

Before Durigon heads off on his new adventure, Lalji has a few words of advice: “Stay focused and be hungry. The sky is the limit.”

Keeping it ? @headfbcoachsmu is excited to announce that #CFC100 WR @ptp.pronto has just signed with the Huskies!! #AllIn #DoSomething #HuskiesTempo

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