“Consistent contact” prompted #CFCOPC recruit to choose York

Burlington lineman joins OUA team’s 2016 class.

After much deliberation, Ben Phelps has found his new gridiron home.

Recently, the 6’4, 325 pound lineman from Burlington, Ontario committed to the York Lions.  Phelps will join the team for the 2016 OUA season.

The lineman chose York amongst finalists Guelph Gryphons, University of Toronto Varsity Blues and Ottawa Gee-Gees.

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During his career, Phelps has suited up for the Assumption Crusaders of the Halton Secondary School Athletics Association (HSSAA), Burlington Stampeders of the Ontario Football Conference (OFC) and Halton Cowboys of the Ontario Varsity Football League (OVFL).

In 2015, the lineman participated in the Ontario Prospect Challenge (OPC) as a member of Team Halton-Peel’s varsity squad.

After his commitment, Phelps issued the following statement to CanadaFootballChat.com about his commitment:

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“One of the reasons why I committed to York was because of the coaching. Coach Zak Colangelo was one of the first scouts to approach me, but ended up being the only one I had consistent contact with in the three  years that I have known him.”

“Another major coaching influence was the announcement of the arrival of Kyle Quinlan. I knew that Kyle was one of the best players in the CIS at his height and led McMaster to the Vanier Cup, as well as him going out East to a very successful football program there.”

“Lastly, I believe in what Coach [Warren] Craney is trying to do. I can see the amount of skill and competition they are trying to bring into their program in order to be successful (like bringing in the kids from Calgary), and I just couldn’t pass up the opportunity to be a part of that.”

“Another reason why I chose York is because of the academic side of it. For one it is their excellent support staff, which I believe will give me the tools to succeed throughout university.Secondly it is because of their Honor’s Criminology program.”

“When I decided on what program I wanted, I took football away from it and looked at it objectively. Little to my surprise, York University had exactly what I was looking for in that program.”

“Finally, it was just the family atmosphere. From the second I stepped foot on campus, everybody was just so friendly. Players that I had never met before would just come up to me on my visit and just introduce themselves; this went a long way for me and helped me make my decision in the end.”

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