Dinos add a BC commit to their ranks

Dinos add another recruit to their 2017 commitment class.

The Dinos family continues to grow after Josh Hyer, a defensive player from Vernon Secondary School, signed his letter of intent on Oct. 4.

Hyer will have a bit of travelling to do when he moves to Calgary from his hometown of Vernon, BC. But, he probably won’t mind.

“I liked the chemistry I had between the players and coaches. The coaches were super welcoming and U of C had always been the school I would like to attend,” Hyer said of his new school.

“The coaching staff was a big reason why I committed there. They have a mix of coaches so there will always be a coach you can relate with. They are all professionals with big backgrounds and I respect that,” he added. “I think they are at a good point in the season. The team has also been in Top Ten ranking for a few years now and I don’t see that changing anytime soon.”

Josh Hyer makes the tackle. By Keith Johnston.

Josh Hyer (#99) makes the tackle. By Keith Johnston.

Hyer is no small character, standing at 6’2, 225lbs. He plays both tight end and defensive end and has been playing since the age of six. His most recent team has been the Vernon Panthers (BC High School Football Association), although he has also played with the Vernon Magnums (city league). He was also a member of the Interior Select All-Star team. In 2014 and 2015, he was the top interior tight end. In 2015, he was top wide receiver for the Vernon Panthers and the Unsung Hero in 2015.

Josh Hyer (#99) jumps into the air. By Keith Johnston.
Josh Hyer (#99) jumps into the air. By Keith Johnston.

During the preseason, he finished second in tackling with 29 tackles and 11 sacs despite playing one less game than the other players.

“Hyer is a very athletic young man. Had played both ways in high school and will be a force once he focuses all energy on defensive side of the football. He dominated our summer camp this year and really impressed our veteran defensive linemen. He comes from a great program at Vernon Secondary School and Coach Sean Smith,” said Matt Berry, the Dinos’ defensive line coach and co-defensive coordinator.

“Josh is an outstanding athlete; he’s been at our summer camps and we noticed his ability to get off the ball. He uses his hands well and runs to the ball well. He reminds us of Cory Robinson, who is an all-Canadian on our team right now He’s got the same skill set coming out of high school,” Coach Harris said to the Vernon Morning Star.

“We think the potential Josh has is limitless and it’s a matter of him working hard to attain his goal,” Coach Harris added to the Morning Star.


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