CanWest Recruiting Wrap: Minnesota native bringing her leg to the Bisons

Alberta Golden Bears

The University of Alberta have picked up a new wide receiver with Kieran Poissant making his way from BC to Alberta in the upcoming months.

Poissant believes the U of A is one of the best academic options in Canada, and football wise, he thinks this is an amazing time as a player to join the program. “The team is young and talented, for me personally I get the opportunity to join an exceptional receiving core led by a very talented young QB and RB,” he states. “Being given the chance to grow with such a skillful offence is a huge factor.”

Another reason why Poissant chose Alberta is the chance to reconnect with his high school quarterback. He played on the same team as QB Luke Hornung since he was 10 years old. He replies, “Getting a chance to have that relationship with a quarterback there is definitely a huge positive.”


Before signing with the U of A, Poissant spent time in the CJFL with the Westshore Rebels for one year, and played his high school football for Miller Comprehensive in Regina.

His goals while he’s at the University of Alberta are to find his place in a very talented, young receiving core. “Being able to grow with these guys and compete in the next few years is going to be special.,” he says. “Having so much talent around me will help me achieve another goal of becoming the best player I can be, and hopefully contribute to a number of successful seasons to come.” Kieran is also going to focus on making a difference in a program full of young stars.

The University of Alberta’s newest offensive threat weighs in at 6’0, 195lbs, and will be pursuing a psychology degree through the Faculty of Arts.

Manitoba Bisons

The Manitoba Bisons have taken a different route finding their new kicker with Maya Turner ready to join the herd next year.

Turner grew up in Minnesota where she started playing soccer at around four years old, which was the only sport she was involved with until her first year of university.

Maya’s goals for the Bisons are to develop and improve as an athlete and a football player, be involved in the community at U of M, and to get an education centered around something she’s interested in.

Turner picked Manitoba because of the great community within the athletic department and the football program specifically, as well as the university as a whole. “The coaches and staff care for the players, are passionate about the program, and have had a lot of success,” she says. “Manitoba has many great academic and athletic resources and facilities. After visiting, I knew Manitoba was where I want to be.”

While Turner is at the U of M, she will be studying fine art with a concentration in graphic design.

Calgary Dinos

Calgary has agreed to terms with a new defensive lineman with local prospect Sylvester Ibelo joining the team.

“I chose the U of C because it’s close to home and both my older brothers who are also lineman play for the Dinos,” he says. “Hopefully one day we all get to show out together.”

Most of Ibelo’s football experience comes from top ranked CFC50 program Notre Dame High School. Coaches David Diluzio, Matthew Sattorelli, Marcus Gaisie and Frank Pellegrino have all contributed to his development as a player and man. Sylvester played one year of spring football in grade nine for the Hilltoppers but was unable to return due to COVID-19.

Ibelo’s goals are simple while he’s at the University of Calgary: dominate, be great and win. At 6’3, 290lbs Sylvester could become a force on the line for the Dinos, and will be will be taking economics at the U of C.

The biggest signing of the week for Dinos comes in the form of new offensive lineman from the west coast. Top five ranked CFC100 Evan Rawlick out of Surrey, B.C. will join the Dinos in 2022. Rawlick was most recently playing for Clarkson Football North in Ontario, and also played football in North Surrey Minor Football for the Falcons. Rawlick could make an immediate impact for the Dinos at 6’7, 310lbs.

A local running back will be joining the Dinos in 2022. Tieso Piscionieri hopes to make a name for himself at the University of Calgary. He also spent his high school years with the Notre Dame Pride and measures in at 5’9, 185lbs.

Offensive lineman Grayson Taylor will stay in Calgary to pursue his football dream. Taylor went to All Saints High School in Calgary, and played football for the Calgary Colts.

A defensive back from Calgary has signed with the Dinos as well with Jaxon Turner excited to continue his passion at the U of C. Turner played football for the All Saints Legends and stands at 6’2, 180lbs.

Another defensive back has agreed to sign with Carter Lucyshyn staying in Calgary to pursue the next step in his football career with the Dinos. Lucyshyn went to Our Lady of The Rockies High School, and also played football in the Calgary Spring League for the Stampeders.

Lastly the Calgary Dinos have signed another Albertan. Outside linebacker Taylor Innes is the latest recruit in what has been a busy couple of weeks for the U of C. He will join teammate Carter Lucyshyn from Our Lady of the Rockies, and measures up at 5’11, 180lbs.

UBC Thunderbirds

UBC has signed a local offensive lineman with Navjot Pooni ready to become a Thunderbird after completing his high school football journey with Langley Secondary. UBC’s newest offensive tackle could quickly become a household name at 6’4, 270lbs.

A wide receiver from Ontario will call Vancouver home in 2022. Toronto native Gavin Owen will head west to continue his dream of playing football at the next level with the T-Birds. Owen played varsity football with St. Andrew’s College, and was also been a member of the Toronto Thunder junior varsity team.

Regina Rams

Regina have bolstered their offensive line with their latest signing with Pierce Murphy the newest recruit to sign with the Rams.

Pierce was in Florida for a year playing football for Clearwater Academy, but grew up in Calgary and suited up for the Henry Wise Wood Warriors before moving down south. The Rams’ newest guard stands tall at 6’5, 300lbs.

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