#CFCOPC PLAYERS TO WATCH: Team Halton-Peel Grade 7 WR/DB Daley excited to return

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.

Harrison Daley takes his place on the line. Courtesy of Sarah Benton.

Harrison Daley takes his place on the line. Courtesy of Sarah Benton.

The 2016 edition of the Ontario Prospect Challenge (OPC) is set to welcome back Harrison Daley, the young player having earned a second term with Team Halton as a member of the grade seven squad.

“I choose to play in the OPC for the challenge and experience,” Daley said. “The highlight of the OPC is going to all the fun practices and working with great coaches and players.”

Daley, who is 5’7, 136lbs, currently plays with the Burlington Stampeders (Burlington Minor Football Association) as a wide receiver and defensive back. He also participated in last year’s OPC.

“I like wide receiver because you get to run routes and do jet sweeps,” Daley said. “I like corner because I get to cover and since I also play wide receiver, I understand what their objectives are so I can do my job better.”

The young football player has a number of professional players he admires. Calvin Johnson, a former wide receiver with the Detroit Lions, Deion Sanders, a former NFL cornerback, Michael Irvin, a former wide receiver for the Dallas Cowboys and Darrel Revis, a current cornerback for the New York Jets, can be found on Daley’s list of inspirations.

While NFL players may dominate Daley’s list, it is the CFL that will be hosting the OPC. “I think playing at Tim Hortons Field will be a unique experience,” he said. “It’s not every day you get to play on a CFL field. I’m very excited about the opportunity.

When the game begins and the pressure mounts, Daley is going to focus on the game and the job he is to perform. “It’s always important to keep your head in the game,” he said.

Harrison Daley (#22) runs forward. Courtesy of Sarah Benton.

Harrison Daley (#22) runs forward. Courtesy of Sarah Benton.

Graduate may be a long way off for Daley, who is part of Class 2021, but that doesn’t stop him from thinking about his future. His goal is to make an NCAA Division I school and then the NFL.

“Some NCAA schools I am considering are the University of Oregon, Stanford, LSU, and Clemson,” he added.

Before he can try to make the NCAA, Daley has the OPC to play in first. “I want to play smart, make good plays and contribute to the team,” he said. “But I won’t be able to do it without my teammates and coaches.”

For Team Halton, Daley said the “goal is to be victorious and get better as players” by “playing well together.”

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