WHERE ARE THEY NOW: CFC100 Korol, “go with your gut feeling and you will not regret it”

#53 Luke Korol (photo courtesy of Luke Korol FB)

2014 was the first year that canadafootballchat.com (CFC) put out a top prospects list; the CFC100.

With this upcoming year, many of these players are entering their fourth year of their collegiate football career. We thought it would be fun to see where these players are at now and get some insight as to how their football experience has been to date, what kind of advice they would give to incoming recruits, and give them a chance to acknowledge any coaches or support people that have helped them along the way.

6’0, 225-pound linebacker for the Guelph Gryphons, Luke Korol, had a breakout season in 2016-17 as he earned a starting position coming out of training camp and in his first campaign as a starter, he had 49 solo tackles, 30 assists, 0.5 QB sack to go along with 3 tackles for loss, 2 fumble recoveries, 2 interceptions, and 1 pass breakup.

Safe to say that Korol has established himself as one of the leaders of the Gryphon defense heading into next season. If Korol duplicates his 2016 campaign, there’s no reason why he shouldn’t be recognized as an All-Conference/All-Canadian player.

My football experience has been an amazing. I’ve learned so much throughout the years and have been fortunate enough to play with such an amazing group of guys. I have been fortunate enough to play in 2 Yates cups in my 3 years of playing so far, with a Yates cup win in my second season,” he said. “The friendships that I have made and lessons that I have learned through football are ones that will stick with me forever. Next season I will get to experience a new role as I had just been announced a team captain.”

He says that his family is to be thanked for everything that he has been able to experience and accomplish along with numerous coaches and other support people.

I have to thank my family for everything. They are so supportive of me in everything I do and words can’t describe how grateful I am to have such an amazing support group. They come to every game, no matter how far away I am and it means so much to me to look up in the stands and see them there cheering me on.”

One coach, Nathan Galoni, has been such an amazing coach and role model to me since the day I had met him. He coached me throughout my years at Corpus Christi, following into my career at the University of Guelph where he is currently my linebacker coach,” Korol added. 

Korol’s first year, he dressed and played on special teams, trying to prove his ability to be a starter as most young freshmen do. He, then, started one game in his second season while getting defensive reps throughout in various games. By the time his third year rolled around, last season, he earned a starting spot at WILL linebacker and was awarded team MVP.

For this soon-to-be captain of the Gryphons, Korol says to the seniors entering this upcoming high school season and already being wooed and courted by U Sports and/or the States, “choose the school that feels like home to you”.

When I was in my recruiting process I had the opportunity to visit multiple schools and none of them felt like home like Guelph did,” Korol explained. “From the academic side, to the sense of family that I had felt when I visited the University of Guelph, I was sure that there was no other place that I wanted to spend my university career.”

He goes on to say that it was a tough process for him as he didn’t want to “upset” anyone about his decision. However, when it comes down to it, it’s your decision and nobody else’s.

Every school has so much to offer and you will learn so much wherever you go, so go with your gut feeling and you will not regret it!”

Lastly, Korol says this of his football family, “I would also like to thank all of my coaches at Guelph that are constantly making me a better player and helping me get to the next level. I wouldn’t be able to get through any of this without the help of these certain individuals and I’m so fortunate to have them beside me every step of the way”.

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