CanWest Recruiting Wrap: Planning leads to success for UBC recruit La Vecchia

Alberta Golden Bears

DT Santiago Ramirez

The Golden Bears continues their offseason mission by signing DT Santiago Ramirez, who will make the trek to Edmonton from Calgary to further his football career.

“I chose the U of A as throughout my recruiting process I found the best fit for me not just in the football team but academically,” he states.

For the last two years Ramirez has played football at Henry Wise Wood High School. 6’3″, 270lbs prospect hopes to help bring his new team success. “I feed off others, and see myself benefiting from the team more than just myself,” he states. “As far as school goes, I wish to pursue and finish my degree to continue a stable life of work after football.”

FB Nick Rankin

Local FB Nick Rankin has agreed to join the Golden Bears. The 6’3″, 230lbs prospects suited up for CFC25 Austin O’Brien Crusaders at the high school level.

OL Yohan Medina

Alberta have signed another Calgarian with OL Yohan Medina out of Bishop McNally ready to don the green and gold next season.

The 6’4″, 260lbs prospect will try and use his frame to make an impact on the offensive line for the U of A.

Regina Rams

DB Tyson Sopp

The Rams have added to their defence with the signing of DB Tyson Sopp. Sopp picked the Rams because he loves the atmosphere and the team. He replies, “Football is the most important thing to Saskatchewan, and the boys on the team welcomed me with open arms on my visit.”

The 5’11”, 170lbs prospect spent his high school football years with Holy Trinity Academy in Okotoks, Alberta. In grade 12, Tyson won a Tier 2 Provincial Championship. He won silver at the Canada Cup this year with Team Alberta as well.

“My goal is to just keep getting better everyday until I can be a key factor on the defense,’ he states.

OL Carson Spence

A local offensive lineman will stay in Regina to further his football career with OL Carson Spence ready to pursue his dream with the Rams. The 6’2″, 315lbs prospect spent his high school career at Riffel.

DL Reed Rabbetz

Regina have brought up a defensive lineman from the local CJFL team with DL Reed Rabbetz ready to take the next step with the Rams in 2023.

The Regina Thunder standour was originally a member of the Class of 2017, and stands at 6’0″, 235lbs.

Saskatchewan Huskies

DB Lukas Steffen

The Huskies have agreed to terms with DB Lukas Steffen, who will be leaving Melfort behind to chase his dreams in Saskatoon.

UBC Thunderbirds

QB Alex La Vecchia

The Thunderbirds found success in Ontario with Ottawa native QB Alex La Vecchia continuing his football journey with UBC.

“UBC just felt right ever since my first interaction with them,” he states. “I’ve had many talks with all sorts of universities in U Sports since I’ve started my recruiting process and UBC has always stood out as the classiest and best fit for myself.”

Over the years, La Vecchia has played quarterback for the Bel-Air Norsemen and Myers Riders Football Club. In his first season as a starter, the young pivot completed 65% of his passes, while scoring 23 touchdowns and throwing for over 2200 yards.

“My goals for the new team: I’m still relatively new to the game and a bit underweight,” he states. “I have a 5-year plan in mind as I believe planning leads to success.”

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