Highest ranked #CFC100 newcomer opts for Western (VIDEO)

Sault Ste. Marie defensive lineman becomes sixth CFC 100 to join OUA team’s 2015 class

The highest ranked newcomer on the final edition of the CFC 100 will be commencing his CIS journey in his home province.

Western Mustangs have announced that Mitchell Stadnyk has committed to their football program.  The 6’2, 255 pound defensive lineman from Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario will join the team for the 2015 OUA season.

Previous to the Mustangs, Stadnyk has played for St. Mary’s College Knights of the Northern Ontario Secondary School Association (NOSSA). This past season, he registered 36 tackles, five solo tackles and two blocked kicks.

In addition to the Knights, the defensive lineman has suited up for the Sault Sabrecats of the Ontario Varsity Football League (OVFL).

This past month, the CFC 100 travelled to Arlington, Texas as a member of Team Canada’s Junior National Team’s International Bowl Roster.

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Stadnyk has received several honours throughout his career including High School League MVP (2014), Lineman of the Year (2013), Junior Knights MVP (2011), Rookie of the Year (2010), OVFL Adams Conference Defensive Lineman MVP (2014) and OVFL Varsity All-Star (2014).

Last month, Stadnyk was ranked in the final edition of the CFC 100 CLASS 2015 rankings.  He earned the distinction of being the highest ranked newcomer on the CFC 100.

“We’re very excited to announce the addition of Mitchell Stadnyk to our football program,” commented Mustangs Head Coach Greg Marshall.  “Mitchell is a tremendous student-athlete, who excels both in the classroom and on the football field, his athleticism, and toughness is a welcome addition to our defensive line.”

Recruiting Coordinator Tom Flaxman said the team will benefit from his experience, playmaking abilities as well as intangibles.  Moreover, the CFC 100 fits the mould of the prototypical Mustang player.

“Mitchell has excelled at a high level for several years now at the high school level, the OVFL level and most recently with the Junior National Team in Texas at the International Bowl,” elaborated Flaxman.  “Mitchell is exactly what we are looking for in a Western Mustang football player; he’s a great student, an excellent football player and most importantly he’s a great young man as well as a teammate.”

“He will be a welcome addition to our locker room.”

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Ultimately, the strength of both the academic and football programs were decisive factors in Stadnyk’s decision to commit to the Mustangs.  Furthermore, the tradition of excellence as well as the history the team had appealed to the CFC 100 defensive lineman.

“Western is the right fit for me,” explained Stadnyk of his decision.  “It is the university that I felt the most comfortable at and where I would like to live for the next chapter of my life.”

“By joining Western Football, I am joining a family. The academics at Western are highly regarded and respected in Canada. By the time I graduate I will have a good business degree that can get me a great job. Western has one of the most competitive football programs in Ontario. By going to Western I know that the team will win games and we will have a chance at a championship every year. It is a high calibre football team which has a lot of tradition and legacy behind it. The coaching staff is made up of good personable coaches that know what it takes to win.”

With Stadnyk’s commitment, he becomes the sixth CFC 100 to join the Mustangs.  Others include running back Anthony Joyal, wide receiver Brett Ellerman, running back Cedric Joseph as well as offensive linemen Dylan Giffen and Nicholas Pinelli.

Ultimately, the Mustangs have filled a gap on their defensive unit with Stadnyk.  The team is looking forward to having him as part of the fold.

“Mitchell helps us address a need on our defensive line,” commented Flaxman.  “We’re excited to welcome him to the Mustang Family.”

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