Guelph continues to attract Ontario commits to their 2017 class.
When something just feels right, you sometimes get this overwhelming feeling of certainty. Aiden Mielczarek, a linebacker from Huron Heights Secondary School and Tevin Doyley, a receiver Holy Trinity Catholic Secondary School, seemed to echo similar sentiments after committing to the University of Guelph Gryphons.
Aiden Mielczarek has known for a while that Guelph was something special. “From the very beginning when I attended the high school camp at Guelph, I knew that the environment was one I wanted to surround myself in. The campus and facilities have that home-like feel that I know I will want to be around for the next stretch of my life,” he said.
Mielczarek spent his five-year high school career with Huron Heights Warriors (York Regional Athletics Association). He will now be acclimatizing to his new coaches at Guelph. “The coaching staff is extremely dedicated to their players, so it was obvious I would be put into a position to excel. They are extremely friendly and welcoming, an experienced bunch of guys with a very strong dedication to the game and their players,” he said.
The 6’2, 180lbs Warrior from Newmarket, Ontario, also spent a year with the York Simcoe Bucs, the current York Lions (OVFL). His program interests are a little varied, but he said he is interested in either Commerce or Mechanical Engineering.
No matter what lies ahead, Mielczarek won’t forget those who have accompanied him on his journey. He said, “I have to thank my Huron teammates and coaches for helping me get an opportunity like this.”
In his career, Mielczarek has picked up quite a number of awards and accomplishments:
YRAA Championships 2013
YRAA Championships 2015
YRAA All-star 2015
OFSAA Simcoe-Bowl Championships 2015
YRAA Championships 2016
YRAA Championship MVP 2016
YRAA All-Star 2016
Team’s OFSAA Bowl MVP 2016
— Gryphon Football (@GryphonFootball) December 17, 2016
It was practically love at first sight for Tevin Doyley, a ten-year-old veteran of the sport. “I choose the University of Guelph because as soon as I arrived, I just knew I belonged. The atmosphere was really welcoming and everyone just seemed like they were a family,” he said.
The potential sociology student was also impressed with the way the team handled academics. “I really like a lot of the things they have set in place for athletes academically. I believe if you are failing courses there, it’s not anyone else’s fault but your own and that’s something both my mom and I were really intrigued by,” Doyley said. “Also, the food there is a huge bonus!”
When interacting with a new group of coaches, the experience can be a bit daunting. Unless, of course, the coaches are welcoming and open. “The coaching staff at Guelph is, in my opinion, the best group of guys I have met,” Doyley said.
“As soon as I got on campus, they welcomed me as if I were already a Gryphon the second O got there. They really treat their players well. As an offensive player too, I believe Coach Todd, the offensive coordinator, had a lot to offer me, so it was the best place for me to attend,” he added.
The 6’2, 185lbs product of Oakville spent his high school career with the Holy Trinity Titans (Halton Secondary School Athletics Association). He also suited up with the Mississauga Warriors (OVFL), the Oakville Titans (Halton Pell Football League) and the Oakville Invicats (Oakville Minor Football).
In 2014 with the Trinity Titans, he has won a Halton champion, a Golden Horseshoe Athletic Conference champion and an OFSAA champion. This year, he was team MVP.
Doyley will look to bring a little bit of 2014 magic with him to the Gryphons next season. He said, “Overall I just believe Guelph University was the best place for me to succeed not only on the field, but also in the classroom.”
— Gryphon Football (@GryphonFootball) December 18, 2016
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