Commits feel U of T is ‘on the rise’

Toronto welcomes two Ontario commits to their team.

Defensive backs Isaiah Johns from the Vancouver Island Raiders (CJFL) and Ben Akkermans from St. Maximilian Kolbe Catholic High School are looking to be a part of something special with the University of Toronto Varsity Blues.

Isaiah Johns

Isaiah Johns chose U of T because it just made sense. He said it was his best opportunity to use his remaining years of eligibility to finish both his degree and come in and compete right away.

By Brenda Fletcher.

“The defensive coordinator, Coach Mullen, and I have talked for a couple of years now and this is the first time we could get a situation where it makes sense for both of us,” Johns said. “The coaching staff…is hungry and understands where the program is at and moving. I love the honesty and feel.”

He added that, “When I stepped into Head Coach Marshall’s office and having Coach Mullen and Coach Cap around made me realize that something special is on the rise here, #6ixOnTheRise.”

Johns, who is 5’11, 185lbs, will be continuing his specialization in finance and administration with a minor in dance.

Johns spent four years with the Regina Mundi Titans (TVRA) before spending two more with the London Beefeaters (CJFL). Hailing from London, Ontario, Johns then packed his bags and moved to Vancouver, BC, where he spent a season with the Vancouver Island Raiders.

In his two seasons with the Beefeaters, Johns was tied for the interception lead in both seasons. In over 21 games played, Johns had 40 tackles, nine pass deflections, six interceptions and a forced fumble.

“I’d like to thank my parents for the support throughout the years,” Johns said, “and Coach V, Coach Chris Marshall and Coach Hocking for the opportunity to play ball in the CJFL and leverage that opportunity to get to U of T, and my friends, family and other coaches for keeping me ‘ten toes down’ at all times.”

Ben Akkermans

Ben Akkermans played with the St. Maximilian Kolbe Mustangs (YRAA) and the York Region Lions (OPFL). Standing at 6’2, 175lbs, he is from Aurora, Ontario.

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