Guelph coaches help commits ‘trust the process’

Gryphons add three Ontario commits and one out-of-province commit to their team.

Running back Keagan Vanderpool from Resurrection Catholic High School and linebacker Charlie Doering from Joan of Arc High School are excited to reach their potential with the University of Guelph Gryphons.

Conor Richard, a linebacker from the Okanagan Sun (CJFL), and Nick Partchenko, an offensive lineman from Michael Power – St. Joseph High School, will also be joining the Gryphons.

Keagan Vanderpool

When Keagan Vanderpool visited Guelph, it was impactful to say the least. “I was overwhelmed with how friendly the coaches and players were when me and my family arrived at the Pavilion,” he said. “The facilities, coaching and training programs make me very excited about the ceiling I have to reach my academic and athletic goals.”

Vanderpool added that Coach Macdonald and Head Coach Sheahan “were amazing and gave me comfort in trusting the process at the University of Guelph…I love the staff. Coach Macdonald and Coach Alonsio have been helping me through this process so very well and helping me stay on track for events in the future.”

The 6’2, 225lbs h-back and running back said he is excited to see what Sheahan adds to the offence. “He produces studs out east and his football background gives me more than enough confidence (he will) make some more down here,” Vanderpool added. “He has been very professional giving me truthful expectations about what it’s like to be a Gulph Gryphon.”

Vanderpool, who is from Kitchener, Ontario, is interested in hospitality and tourism. He said he is an aspiring resort hotel manager.

Vanderpool has spent three years with the Cambridge Lions (OPFL) and three with the Resurrection Phoenix (District 8). He won a 2018 District 8 championship with the Phoenix and was a CWOSSA finalist that year as well.

“Football was my summer sport,” Vanderpool said. “I was playing rep hockey (from) September to March for eight years. Father (also) put me in basketball, lacrosse and boxing training.”

Vanderpool isn’t the only boxer in his family. His uncle, Syd Vanderpool, was a NABO champion boxer. In 2004 he was ranked number one in the world by the International Boxing Federation.

Charlie Doering

The Guelph Gryphons wasted no time in recruiting Charlie Doering. “I chose Guelph because they were the first school that heavily recruited me and it was the perfect fit,” Doering said. “The coaching staff is very professional, and I believe they are the best in the country.”

Doering, who is 6’3, 225lbs, is interested in sociology.

Doering’s career has spanned over eight seasons. He has suited up for both the St. Joan of Arc Knights (GBSAA) and the Huronia Stallions (OFC). He was the Knights’ defensive MVP.

Conor Richard

Conor Richards is originally from Saint John, New Brunswick. The dual citizen spent his high school career playing in Clarksville, Tennessee. He has been with the Okanagan Sun since 2016. The 6’0, 215lbs athlete was the Sun’s rookie of the year and a CJFL all-star. He was a 2017 defensive MVP, all-star and all-Canadian. He was also awarded the ‘outstanding linebacker’ award.

Nick Partchenko

Nick Partchenko is from Etobicoke, Toronto, Ontario, where he shored up the offensive line for the Michael Powers/St. Joseph’s Trojans (TDCAA). Standing at 6’5, 260lbs, he also played with the Etobicoke Eagles (OPFL).

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