Golden Bears snag CFC100 and four others

Alberta adds CFC100 commit, along with two Alberta commits and two out-of-province commits to their Class of 2018.

Wide receiver Landon McArthur from Langley Senior Secondary School and receiver Dakota McKay from Bert Church High School may be provincial rivals, but now the pair will be fighting for the same goal, a championship season with the University of Alberta Golden Bears.

CFC100 Rodeem Brown, a lineman from Centennial Collegiate, Eli Klassen, a cornerback from Holy Rosary High School, and Hayden Naylor, a defensive back from Mount Douglas Secondary School, will also be joining the Golden Bears.

Landon McArthur

Courtesy of Landon McArthur.

For Landon McArthur, the University of Alberta has it all. Interested in planning, McArthur said that the school has excellent academic support and is one of the top five universities in Canada. He added that the school has a combination of top academics and top U Sports workout facilities, such as the High-Performance Training and Research Center and the Foote Field Dome, a covered field for year-round training.

The team also has a fantastic conditioning program, McArthur said. He added that he committed because of “Head Coach Morris’s coaching philosophy: faith, family, school, football. Along with being experienced football coaches striving to build a Vanier Cup championship team, they are also concerned with investing in the lives of young men to become leaders in the community.”

The 5’10, 160lbs wide receiver and kicker spent three years with the Langley Saints (BC High School Football Association) in his hometown of Langley, BC. He was the team’s 2015 rookie of the year, 2016 team MVP and 2017 conference all-star. “Very grateful for the coaches and teammates I’ve had at Langley Secondary,” McArthur said. “LSS Football is developing a culture of winning and leadership on and off the field. It has been a great experience for me.”

Dakota McKay

Courtesy of Dakota McKay.

While Dakota McKay hasn’t had the chance to meet all of the Golden Bears’ coaches, the few he has met left a positive impression. While with Team Alberta U18, he said he was treated great by Head Coach Morris and Coach Sulz.

“They spent countless hours preparing us,” McKay said. “I really like the coaching staff and like how they take care of their players.”

The 6’0, 185lbs athlete is interested in taking a bachelor of arts in recreation, sports and tourism. He said he found it very interesting and this program was a reason why he chose the university.

McKay has been playing football for seven years. Originally from Airdrie, Alberta, he spent his high school career with the Bert Church Chargers (Rocky View Football League). He also played with the Airdrie Raiders (Calgary Area Midget Football Association). In grade ten, he was rookie of the year. In grade 11 and 12, he was the team’s MVP. He was also a RVFL all-star and CAMFA all-star in grade 11. This season, he was the RVFL’s receiver of the year.

CFC100 Rodeem Brown

Rodeem Brown has been playing football for three years. The 6’2, 300lbs left tackle played with the Centennial Chargers (Saskatoon Secondary School Athletic Directorate) in high school. Last season, he was the team’s lineman of the year. In 2014, he was rookie of the year. He is a two-time member of Team Saskatchewan and was also a member of Team South Saskatchewan Selects. He was lineman of the year on the Selects. He is from Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.

Eli Klassen

Eli Klassen calls Lloydminster, Alberta, his home. He spent his high school career with the Holy Rosary Raiders (Wheatland Football League) as a cornerback and punter. He stands at 6’1, 170lbs. This season, he played with the Kings Red Dogs in the Lloydminster Minor Football Association.

Hayden Naylor

Hayden Naylor will be heading to the chilly capital of Alberta from his hometown of Victoria, BC. The 6’1, 170lbs wide receiver and defensive back played with the Mount Douglas Rams (BCHSFA) where he was the team’s defensive MVP and ‘best defensive back.’ He played in the inaugural Fox 40 Prospect Challenge West Coast last spring. He spent most of his career with the Peninsula Wildcats (Greater Victoria Minor Football).

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