Future preparations (VIDEO)

When it came to deciding his future plans, Javin Haughton put academics over his gridiron goals.

Consequently, the 6’1, 290 pound defensive lineman from Brampton, Ontario has committed to the University of Toronto Varsity Blues for the 2014 OUA season.

“I committed to the University of Toronto because of several factors, but the main one was academic reasons because Football doesn’t last forever,” explained Haughton of his decision.  “University of Toronto is the top in the country in terms of academics and recognized across the world, which is important because I need to prepare myself for the future and being equipped with a solid education is vital.”

Moreover, Haughton was swayed by the positive direction the football program is heading towards.

“In terms of the football aspect, I like what Coach Gary and the coaching staff are doing in turning around the football program,” added Haughton.  “I have always wanted to help contribute to a program on the rise and be able to see it flourish in the end, and I see it happening at University of Toronto.”

Proximity, facilities and atmosphere all played a key role in the Ontario defensive lineman’s decision to sign with the Varsity Blues.

“Toronto is a great city with lots to offer on the field and off,” said Haughton.  “Also, the new athletic facility being built is going to be second to none once it is finished and something I’m looking forward to using.”

Another key factor is the location and the fact Toronto is close to my hometown of Brampton; therefore, my parents and friends could come down and watch my games.”

Javin Haughton commitment

Haughton recently played for the St. Roch Ravens of the Region of Peel Secondary School Athletic Association (ROPSSAA).  During his time there, he was named Ravens Lineman of the Year (2012).

In addition to the Ravens, Haughton suited up for the Brampton Bulldogs of the Ontario Varsity Football League (OVFL).

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