Golden Bears bolstering roster with hometown commits

The Golden Bears have two new Edmontonion commits and one commit from St. Albert, AB.

The Alberta Golden Bears have picked up three new commits from Edmonton and the surrounding area, running back Alex Gayle of Jasper Place High School, linebacker Tadi Siwira of Harry Ainlay High School and running back Keaton Zaychkowsky of Paul Kane High School.

Alex Gayle (#33) running with the ball. Courtesy of HUDL.

Alex Gayle (#33) running with the ball. Courtesy of HUDL.

Gayle, who plays for Jasper Place Rebels (Metro Edmonton High School League), calls Edmonton his home and will continue to call it his home in the 2017 CIS season and beyond. He has signed with the Golden Bears in late August, adding size to their running back core as he stands at 6’1, 190lbs.

While Gayle had offers from many schools, he decided the University of Alberta would be the best fit. He has been given a full scholarship to attend the university. He committed to the team in late August, which was introduced to the public by Chris Morris, the head coach of the Golden Bears, on Twitter. He is interested in taking the Recreation, Sports and Tourism degree in university.

“I like how close it (the University of Alberta) was to home and I like the coaching staff, as well as the facilities,” Gayle said. “I think it is a really good program. I feel the coaches are very experienced and know what they’re doing and will help be become a better player.”

The young Rebel’s running back was also a member of Team Edmonton in 2014, Team Alberta U16 team, and the 2016 under-18 version of Team Alberta in his four years of playing the sport.

Courtesy of Tadi Siwira.

Courtesy of Tadi Siwira


The 5’10, 190lbs Siwira, another Edmontonion, was considering many different CIS schools, but chose to verbally commit to the Golden Bears. While his main position is linebacker, he also has had some playing time as a running back. He ranks #45 on the first edition of the #CFC100 Class of 2017 rankings.

Currently, Siwira has decided on entering the mechanical engineering program in university. It is one of the reasons why he picked the University of Alberta. “Right now, the football program is in a rebuilding process and I want to be one of the reasons the program improved and wins a Vanier down the road,” he added.

“Coach Chris Morris has coached me at multiple levels, from bantam to Midget to U18. He’s a coach that you can relate to and looks out for the best from his players not only on the gridiron but out there in society. He’s developing young brilliant men giving them the tools to survive and be impactful,” Siwira said of his soon-to-be head coach.

Siwira has been infatuated with the game of football since the age of ten. While originally from Zimbabwe, the young athlete grew up in a house of soccer fans. Siwira, instead, found his passion for football to be more enticing and he fully embraced the hard-hitting sport.

In his career, the young football player has played for the Fort McMurray Ravens (Capital District Minor Football Association), the bantam-level Edmonton Mustangs (CDMFA), and the Harry Ainlay Titans (MEHSL). He has also suited up for the under-16 and under-18 editions of Team Alberta, including the 2016 Team Alberta U18s. During his time with the Mustangs, he was named the team’s MVP three times and was named both the Offensive MVP and Defensive MVP.

Siwira committed to the team on September 12 and was given a warm welcome by Coach Morris on Twitter.

Keaton Zaychlowsky runs down the sideline. By April Bartlett.

Keaton Zaychlowsky runs down the sideline (Photo courtesy: April Bartlett)

Zaychkowsky, who is a senior for the Paul Kane Blues (MEHSL), is 6’0, 185lbs and comes from St. Albert, Alberta. He played for the 2016 Team Alberta U18 team as a running back. The drive from St. Albert to Edmonton is short, but after he graduates in 2017, he will now be calling the metropolitan city home for the four years with his verbal commitment to the University of Alberta. In the 2015 Blues season, he had a team high 13 touchdowns and 596 yards on 48 carriers.

The young running back also committed to the team on September 12 and was also welcomed by Coach Morris on Twitter.



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