CFC 100 defensive back commits to NCAA’s Ohio Bobcats

Hyacks only non-preparatory high school to have two players verbally commit to NCAA FBS teams.

Another CFC 100 recruit is NCAA bound.

Matt Seymour has verbally committed to Division 1 team, Ohio Bobcats for the 2015 season.

For the past month, the 6’0, 170 pound defensive back from New Westminster, British Columbia has been in contact with the Bobcats.  This past weekend, Seymour took in an official visit and the rest was history.

“After touring the campus and seeing the facilities as well as meeting with my future position coach, I met with Head Coach [Frank] Solich on the last day of my visit and I was ready to commit,” recalled the CFC 100.

However, it wasn’t a quick decision.  Even though the Bobcats were the only NCAA team to offer, Seymour has several CIS schools in the mix.  Among those schools were McMaster, Carleton, Manitoba and University of British Columbia (UBC).

Ultimately, the British Columbia defensive back opted for the NCAA Division 1 team for two reasons.

“A lot of things went into making my decision,” explained Seymour.  “I liked everything the school had to offer academically and I also felt that I connected very well with the coaching staff especially Coach Solich and Coach [Dwayne] Dixon.”

“I saw Ohio as a place I could live for the next four to five years.”

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Recently, Seymour played for the New Westminster Hyacks of the British Columbia High School Football Association (BCHSFA). This past season, the CFC 100 was selected as a Provincial ‘AAA’ All-Star at the receiver position.

Now that he has made his decision, Seymour is more at ease and can turn his focus taking those steps to prepare himself for the next level.  While he will redshirt his rookie season with the Bobcats, he is motivated to train with the ultimate goal of making an impact on the field in years to come.

“There was definitely a sense of relief after I committed because it has been a long process and now I can turn my focus completely on off-season training,” said the CFC 100 defensive back.  “I plan to just keep improving throughout the rest of this year both physically and mentally to get ready to play at the next level.”

“I will be red shirting my first season to help with the transition from high school to university, but after that I hope to contribute to the program by competing for playing time.”

matt seymour courtesy alan wardle

While he has realized his ultimate gridiron dream, it is not lost on Seymour all the individuals who have played a role in his success as they have enabled him to reach this point in his career.

“I have to thank my family for their constant support on and off the field,” expressed the British Columbia standout. “I also have to give a huge thanks to the New Westminster Hyacks program and especially Coach [Farhan] Lalji for all they have done throughout my high school career as well as my recruitment.”

With Seymour’s commitment, the Hyacks have the distinction of being the only non-preparatory high school to have two NCAA Division 1 FBS commitments.  This past summer, CFC#3 offensive lineman Harper Sherman verbally committed to Arizona Wildcats for the 2015 season.




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