#CFCOPC PLAYERS TO WATCH: Team East Grade 8 LB/DB Koradi set to impress

The countdown begins to CanadaFootballChat.com’s Ontario Prospect Challenge (OPC) on the April 29th weekend at Tim Horton’s Field in Hamilton. In the days leading up to the OPC, CFC will preview the teams and the players participating in the big event.

Justice Koradi (#27) runs with the ball. Courteys of Jeff Koradi.

Justice Koradi (#27) runs with the ball. Courteys of Jeff Koradi.

The Ottawa Region will be sending one of its brightest young prospects to Hamilton for this year’s Ontario Prospect Challenge (OPC), an adolescent known as Justice Koradi.

Koradi is no stranger to the OPC, having played in it last year. He will be suiting up for the Team East Grade 8 squad. He said he had a good experience and that is why he decided to play in it again this time around.

“So far, [the highlight] has been meeting and playing with players from other areas and teams,” Koradi.

Standing at 5’7 and weighing in at 133lbs, Koradi currently plays as a linebacker and defensive back for the Cumberland Panthers (Ontario Varsity Football League and National Capital Amateur Football Association.) He has also been put in the backfield on the special teams in order to receive and return punts.

“I like to tackle, fight for the ball and go against good players,” Koradi said about his current positions. In his first year of OVFL football, he was given all-star honours.

When it comes to his football inspirations, the young player draws from a different source of influence. “The competitive nature and the team atmosphere inspires me to play football,” he said. “Being part of a team is the best.”

Justice Koradi (#27) looks down the field. Courtesy of Jeff Koradi.

Justice Koradi (#27) looks down the field. Courtesy of Jeff Koradi.

The OPC will take place on Tim Hortons Field in Hamilton and Koradi said he is looking forward to playing on a new CFL field. He added that it will be both exciting and cool.

“I will stay focused and enjoy the experience and play my best to help our team win,” Koradi said.

Koradi will finish up high school in 2020. Beyond that, he said his “goals in football are to continue to play and have fun.” He wants to play in university, hopefully on a scholarship, and get a good education. The young player would also like to make the CFL.

During this OPC, Koradi said he wants to play his best, have fun, create new friendships and enjoy the experience. Oh, and help the team win.

When it comes to the team, the goal is pretty much the same. Have fun, be competitive and win.

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