Gryphons commits ready to compete

Guelph adds two Ontario commits to their 2019 class.

CFC100 Mason McGriskin, a quarterback from West Ferris High School, and Spencer Kennedy, an athlete from St. Thomas More Catholic Secondary School, are ready to make their mark on the University of Guelph Gryphons.

CFC100 Mason McGriskin

When choosing his school, Mason McGriskin didn’t need to look any further than Guelph. “I chose Guelph because of the amazing facilities, amazing new head coach, great academic support and I felt that Guelph had everything I needed to develop me into the player I want to be,” he said.

“Also, the team itself is insanely talented and young. It’s also a place I feel that I can come into and compete right away,” he added.

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Delving deeper into the coaching staff, McGriskin of North Bay, Ontario, said he thinks they are one of the best staffs in the country. “The commitment and effort they put into this team is like no other,” he said. “The new head coach is a quarterback guru. His last two quarterbacks were Andrew Buckley and Adam Singara, one is in the CFL and the other just won the HEC Crighton award, so I feel like he will develop me into the quarterback I want to be.”

Standing a 6’2, 205lbs, he will be taking criminal justice.

McGriskin has been involved in football for nine years. In that time, he has played for the West Ferris Trojans (NDA), the North Bay Bulldogs (OPFL) and the all-Canadian team. He is a two-time participant in the Fox 40 Prospect Challenge where he was offensive MVP in both affairs. He was also an NDA MVP and all-star in 2016 and 2018. He won an OPFL Tier 2 champion in 2018 and a NOSAA champion in 2017. He is a four-time NDA champion from 2015 to 2018.

Spencer Kennedy

It didn’t take long for Spencer Kennedy to know that Guelph was for him. “Guelph was a perfect fit for me academic wise and football wise. They have beautiful facilities, probably the best in the country,” he said. “The campus is awesome and I really saw myself being there for the next five years of my life.”

Kennedy added that the coaching staff played a huge role in his decision. “Coach Sheahan really made a great impression on my as well as the other coaches,” he said. “Having them as coaches, I know they will help me be successful on and off the field and everyone there has the same mindset. They want to win.”

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Kennedy, who is 6’2, 195lbs, is interested in taking sports management, which is a new program at Guelph.

Calling Hamilton, Ontario, home, he spent his high school days with the St. Thomas More Knights (HWCSSA). He also played with the Hamilton Jr. Ti-Cats (OFC). During his time with the Knights, he only lost two regular season games. He won two junior championships, three senior championships and three OFSAA Bowls.

“I’m very excited in starting the next chapter in my life,” Kennedy said, “and I couldn’t be happier with being at Guelph for the next five years. I’m excited for my future opportunities!”

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