Golden Bears gain more size with two commits

Golden Bears add two more local recruits to their commitment class.

The Golden Bears have brought in two levels of experience to their team, a seasoned Canadian Junior Football Leaguer, linebacker Aaron Chabaylo of the Edmonton Huskies, and a current high school defensive end, Blaize Beaudry from Jasper Place High School.

Aaron Chabaylo (#39) with the Huskies. Courtesy of Aaron Chabaylo.

Aaron Chabaylo (#39) with the Huskies. Courtesy of Aaron Chabaylo.

When Chabaylo joins the Golden Bears in 2017, he will be coming off of his second year as a Huskie. He said that he choose to commit to the University of Alberta because he had the opportunity to watch players he looked up to play with the Golden Bears. Many of his coaches and mentors were UofA alumni as well.

“It was always a dream to become a Golden Bear. In addition, academics are very important to me and the UofA has a great academic support system,” he added. ” I have only met the head coach, but I love the culture Coach Morris creates around the program. We seem to view a lot of things eye to eye.”

The football player has enrolled in physical education with a minor in biology.

Standing at 6’4, 220lbs, the linebacker will be bringing size and experience to his new team. In the 2016 CJFL season, he played nine games, had 20 tackles, 10 assisted tackles, three sacks and had three fumble recoveries. He had one forced fumble and one touchdown off of a fumble. During his sole playoff game, he had seven tackles and one fumble recovery.

Chris Morris, the head coach of the Golden Bears, had nothing but praise for his new linebacker. “Aaron is an outstanding player with great speed and a CIS frame. He has also a team leader both on and of the field for the Edmonton Huskies,” he said.

“His speed, physicality and leadership skills will all be great additions to Golden Bear Football,” Morris added.

Originally from Sherwood Park, Alberta, Chabaylo has been playing football for seven years. He played two years with Archbishop Jordan Scots in the Metro Edmonton High School Athletics Association. Before that, he played a year with the bantam Sherwood Park Northstars (Capital District Minor Football Association) and two years with the peewee Sherwood Park Raiders (CDMFA).

(Sherwood Park is a small hamlet outside of Edmonton. It is only a 26-minute drive from the University of Alberta campus.)

In 2009, he won defensive MVP with the Northstars. In 2010, while in grade ten, he won defensive MVP again with the Scots. In 2012, while on the senior team in grade 12, he was named yet again defensive MVP with the Scots.

Beaudry plays for the Jasper Place Rebels (MEHSAA). He can practically see his new campus from his high school if he looks across the river. “I chose to commit to the University of Alberta because it is in my hometown close to my house, and it is one of the top 5 schools in Canada,” he said.

“I like the coaching staff a lot, I’ve done many camps run by them and it’s helped me improve as a player a lot and I always learn new and better techniques to use,” he added. The young football player also said he will be taking kinesiology.

The Edmontonian is 6’2, 214lbs and has also played with the West Edmonton Raiders in the CDMFA. In 2014, he was an a member of the Edmonton Elite team. In 2015, he was a member of Team Alberta U15 that played in Arlington, Texas in the International Bowl. His football career has spanned over ten years.

In 2013, he won a Tier 2 City Championship with the Raiders in his final year of bantam. He helped Team Alberta U15 beat Team USA at the International bowl. He has been named the Defensive Lineman of the Year in 2009 (atom), 2011 (peewee), 2014 (midget), 2015 (high school and 2016 (midget). He was also named the best two-way player in 2013 as a bantam and Defensive Player of the Year in 2015 as a midget.

Coach Morris has high hopes for his new defensive end. “Blaize is a very good athlete who has a frame that will really fill out over the next few years. We feel that we can develop him on either side of the football into a strong contributor to our program,” he said.


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