Guelph Gryphons has great support systems says commits

Guelph brings in five commits from Ontario to their Class of 2017.

Being a student athlete is a balancing act between academics and athletics. While it can be a challenge, for linebacker Nick Sarre from Mother Theresa Catholic Secondary School and running back Elrick Harty from Clarkson Football North, the support the University of Guelph Gryphons provide should help make the ride a bit smoother.

Aaron Inwood, a running back from St. Mary Catholic Secondary School, Kevin Acheampong, a defensive lineman from Cardinal Ambrozic Catholic Secondary School and Maksym Nazartchyk, a running back from Saint Michael Catholic High School will also be joining the Gryphons.

Nick Sarre

Courtesy of Nick Sarre.

It is only an hour and a half drive from London, Ontario, to the University of Guelph. It’s proximity to Nick Sarre’s home was a plus. But, he probably would’ve felt comfortable even if it was further away.

“The campus was absolutely phenomenal. I love all the support they provide for student athletes. It wasn’t too far from home and (what appealed to me was) how much the coaching staff made me feel at home,” Sarre said.

The future human kinetics student will have a lot of school work ahead of him. Good thing the coaches are there to support him. “(They’re) extremely welcoming and made me feel comfortable talking to them,” Sarre said. “They truly cared for the academic success of their players and made sure that being a good student comes first.”

The 5’11, 185lbs 12-year veteran played with the Mother Theresa Spartans (Thames Valley Region Athletics) and the London Jr. Mustangs (OVFL). In 2014, he was an OVFL champion and defensive MVP. This year, with the Spartans, he was the school’s MVP.

Elrick Harty

Courtesy of Football North.

After being a member of the inaugural Clarkson Football North team, Elrick Harty will be taking his talents to Guelph. Originally from Milton, Ontario, he said he chose the school because of how much support they provide players on and off the field.

“I thought the coaching staff was polite and friendly,” he added.

Standing at 6’0, 250lbs, the potential communications or media studies student will be a force to be reckoned with on the field. Prior to Football North, he played with the North Halton Tide (Ontario Football Association) and the Jean Vanier Catholic High School Knights (Halton Secondary School Athletics Association). In 2015, he won a Tier 3 championship.

Aaron Inwood
Aaron Inwood will be heading to Guelph from Campbellville, Ontario, which is on the Niagara Escarpment. His high school team is the St. Mary Crusaders (Hamilton-Wentworth Catholic Secondary School Athletic Association). He stands at 6’1, 210lbs.

Kevin Acheampong
Kevin Acheampong, who is from Brampton, Ontario, played with the Cardinal Ambrozic Riverhawks (Region of Peel Secondary School Athletic Association). Standing at 6’2, 270lbs, he is also a Brampton Bulldog (OVFL) and a former member of Team Ontario.

Maksym Nazartchyk
In high school, Niagara Falls, Ontario, product Maksym Nazartchyk played with the Saint Michael Mustangs (Southern Ontario Secondary Schools Association). He has also played with the Niagara Spears (OVFL). In 2015, the 5’7, 186lbs athlete placed forth in long jump at the SOSSA track meet. According to Top Prospects, he can complete the 40-yard dash in 5.06, has a broad jump of 7’11 and can complete the shuttle in 4.94 seconds.

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