CanWest Recruiting Wrap: Alberta lands son of CFL pro while UBC snag another CFC Prospect Game alumni

Alberta Golden Bears

DB Keon Raymond II

Alberta have signed the son of a former Calgary Stampeder with DB Keon Raymond II out of Highland Community College ready to make the leap to U Sports.

β€œI chose U of A because I felt their defensive scheme matches my playstyle,” he states. β€œI felt like I connected well with the coaching staff and players while on my visit, so it really was a no brainer on where I wanted to go.”

Raymond II is entering university taking open studies, but he would like to major in exercise psychology.

The young defensive back suited up for Centennial High School in Calgary before moving on to and Highland Community College in Highland, Kansas.

Keon’s father who was an all-star with the Stampeders, has told his son to always keep chopping wood and stay hungry. He also told him to always stay ready so that he never has to get ready for anything.

β€œMy goals coming into next season is to make a major impact on the team with my defensive back and return skills and aim to make the all-rookie team,” he states.

Β QB Quaid McKinney

A new quarterback has been recruited by the Golden Bears with QB Quaid McKinney out of Lacombe staying in Alberta to play football at the next level. McKinney measures in at 6’0″, 190lbs.

LB Cayden Hawes

The Golden Bears have added some physicality to their defense with LB Cayden Hawes out of Lloydminster agreeing to terms with the team. Hawes stacks up at 6’2″, 190lbs.

Calgary Dinos

CFC100 LB Kaleb Conn

Calgary have acquired a defensive prospect with the signing of LB Kaleb Conn out of CFC50 Salisbury.

β€œIt came down to the coaching staff at Calgary,” he states. β€œThey have a very strong support system to help me develop as a player. It also helps when you get the experience of moving away from home while still being a 3-hour drive from friends and family, as well as having grandparents, aunts and uncles in Calgary to come cheer me on.”

In his first year of university, Conn has decided to take Economics with a few general courses in the Faculty of Arts. Next year, he would like to transfer into Kinesiology or Business.

Conn has played football for Sherwood Park Minor Football Association, mostly with the Rams. In high school, he was a member of the Salisbury Sabres and won team MVP in his senior year.

β€œMy goal is always to do whatever I can to help the team win, and although the step from high school to U Sports is a big jump, I’m pushing myself to make the jump smaller,” he states.

At 6’2, 220lbs,Β  Conn should make a name for himself at the U of C.

DB De’von Young

A defensive back from Winnipeg will be moving on to Calgary with DB De’von Young leaving the Westshore Rebels to live out his dreams with the Dinos. Young and his 6’0, 185lbs frame could help the defense next season as a rookie.

Manitoba Bisons

DT Helmon Ndose

DL Helmon Ndose out of St. Paul’s is ready to test his skills at the next level signing with Manitoba. Ndose will be looking to make an impact in the trenches weighing in at 6’1, 235lbs.

Saskatchewan Huskies

DL Brady Johansen

Saskatchewan have stayed busy adding a new defensive lineman from Alberta with the signing of DL Brady Johansen out of Strathmore. JohansenΒ is 6’5, 205lbs and should be a lot to handle for opposing lineman.

OL Lukas Smith

Another recruit from Alberta will call Saskatoon home in 2023 with OL Lukas Smith out of CFC25 Holy Trinity Academy is ready to don the green and white of the Huskies. The standout lineman weighs in at 6’2, 270lbs.

UBC Thunderbirds

CFC Prospect Game CFC100 LB Kai Yamaoka

UBC have brought in a new linebacker to their squad with LB Kai Yamaoka out of South Kamloops bringing his talents to the Thunderbirds. The young linebacker had an outstanding high school career including winning BC Defensive Player of the Year in 2021 and an appearance in the 2022 CFC Prospect Game on TSN. Yamaoka is an enticing prospect weighing in at 6’0″, 215lbs.

OL Liam Elkin

A Calgarian is heading west with OL Liam Elkin out of All Saints ready to further his football career at UBC. The Thunderbirds’ newest offensive lineman is a sturdy 6’3, 260lbs.

RB Riley Michaud

Lastly the Thunderbirds have recruited another Calgary native with the signing of RB Riley Michaud out of CFC50 Ernest Manning.

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