Fox 40 Prospect Challenge (Central): QB Reid hunting for the W

Austin Reid was recently playing in the Halton Secondary School Athletic Association (HSSAA) with the Abbey Park Eagles and with the junior varsity Mississauga Warriors in the Ontario Varsity Football League (OVFL). The Eagle is also currently involved with Mississauga IDFFL 7v7.

This past year, he had the privilege of being a quarterback for the winning U18 Black Team in the Ontario Red Black game, as well as be the quarterback of the U17 Spalding Cup bronze medal team. That same year, he was also quarterback for the Halton-Peel Ontario Prospect Challenge (OPC) team, where he threw the only Halton-Peel touchdown scored that game.

In 2015, Austin was the Halton-Peel Team Captain and starting quarterback for the junior OPC team. In addition, 2014 brought the quarterback to the U15 Team to represent Canada in the Pop Warner International Bowl, where they finished second in the tournament.

Looking forward to this year’s Fox Prospect Challenge, Austin is looking to compete and show off his talents against the best in the province.

“[I hope] to improve my overall game and to continue to develop a higher awareness and understanding of the game through a multitude of advanced drills and opportunities presented by the [FPC],” said Austin, who also hopes to have fun with his new and current teammates and win.

“I’ve been on the wrong side of the scoreboard in the [FPC] for the last two years and I know Halton-Peel has the talent to take home a victory this year,” added the quarterback.

He is also looking to represent his school, family and friends to the best of his abilities and to demonstrate to scouts and university coaches that he has what it takes to compete at the next level.

Austin is currently talking to Western, UOttawa, Queens, Carleton, Laurier and St. Francis Xavier, but is keeping his options open and is exploring his NCAA options. He has taken an unofficial visit to Yale and received informal interest from MIT and Dartmouth, but is also looking into RPI, Simon Fraser and Whitworth.

As a 2018 graduate a goal of his is to be on the CFC100 list. “Achieving such recognition in Canadian football would be a crowning achievement to all the hard work and training I have done and position me for even greater playing opportunities in the future,” commented Austin, “as I always look to prove my ability and look for ways to compete against the best.”

With all the football Austin plays, he doesn’t really have an offseason. Between spring and summer ball with the Warriors, fall football with the Eagles, and 7v7 in the winter, combined with the Warriors winter training camp, he basically plays year-round. All that also gets coupled with his ongoing quarterback and speed training with Coach Larry at SST.

“Two years ago I made the decision to pursue my goal of being the best QB I can be on a 12 month a year basis,” explained the Warrior. “I continue to look for new opportunities for challenge and to grow my skills on the field and my football IQ off the field.”

Recently he has participated in camps at Yale, Western, Laurier, Burlington Super Elite and SST Fox 40 Invite Only 7×7. Austin also went to the Hamilton Tiger Cats Football Camp and the Wilfred Laurier Camp in 2015 and 2014.

On the field, his biggest role model is Larry Jusdanis for his collegiate record, two years in the CFL and his entrepreneurship, as he expands Football North Prep into Ottawa next season.

“Football is such a huge part of my life since the first time I caught a Friday Night Lights game while living in Farmington Hills, MI, to all the great experiences I have had playing on the Provincial Champion atom team while living in Nova Scotia,” shared Austin, who continues by also mentioning the Halton Cowboys, the Mississauga Warriors, and the best of the best, Team Canada, Team Ontario and Team Halton-Peel OPC.

“I can only hope to have the same ability to keep it as such a central part of my life and achieve the success he has had in doing so and continue to build my athletic and business resume together,” added the quarterback.

The Warrior has loved football since the first time he put on the pads, and ever since it has been a huge and consistent part of his life.

“Everywhere I have played I have loved the team aspect of the game,” said Austin. “Great teammates and coaches that have become the best friends and mentors.”

He loves to play football because it gives him the ability to be a leader, while at the same time a competitor, it is the ultimate team game. He also loves both the physical and strategic aspects of the game, and especially the quarterback position.

“The preparation and dedication it takes in order to come out with a win,” commented Austin. “More than anything I love the feeling of that game winning drive when everything is on the line and the clock is counting down because that’s what football’s all about.”

 

Austin Reid
Position: Quarterback
Height/Weight: 6’3”, 185lbs
Teams: Abbey Park Eagles (HSSAA) and Mississauga Warriors (junior varsity – OVFL)
Unofficial Visits: Western, Yale
Considerations: Western, UOttawa, Queens, Carleton, Laurier, St. Francis Xavier, NCAA, Open
Class: 2018

 

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