Huron Heights Warrior commits to Waterloo

Waterloo welcomes a GTA commit to their 2017 class.

Colin Grant, a football player from Huron Heights Secondary School, is already familiar with the team name “warriors” and will continue to call himself one for the next four years after committing with the Waterloo Warriors.

Grant will be heading down the 401 when he leaves for Waterloo from his home in Newmarket, Ontario. Starting at the age of seven, he currently plays for the Huron Heights Warriors (York Regional Athletics Association) and has also played for the York Simcoe Bucs. When he reaches the U Sports level, he hopes to make a name for himself.

“I feel like I can make an immediate impact within their football program. They are in the rebuilding stage and I am looking forward to being apart of it,” he said about his reason to commit to the team.

He also added that the first and foremost reason for committing to the school where the academics. “They pride themselves on that, which is very important for myself and my family,” he said. He will be going into the Recreational and Leisure program and then break off into Sports Business.

Colin Grant takes a moment to himself. Courtesy of Colin Grant.

Colin Grant takes a moment to himself. Courtesy of Colin Grant.

On top of his strong desire to help Waterloo become a better team, the young football player also admires the coaches. “Their coaches make me feel at home. Head coach Bertoia is very straight forward in terms of goals and he constantly reaches out to me and my family. He made me feel like apart of the family from the moment I stepped onto campus,” he said.

“Coach Adams (the special teams and recruiting coordinator) also is constantly reaching out to me even after I committed, which means a lot to me,” he added.

Grant will be hoping to ride the wave of his recent success all the way to the Waterloo locker room in 2017. He said that last year was probably his best year of football. He helped his team win an YRAA championship and in that game, he was the game’s MVP and the offensive MVP for his team. He also helped his team win the Ontario Federation of Secondary School Athletics Simcoe Bowl where he scored five touchdowns and was regarded as the “unofficial OFSSAA MVP.” In 2014, he was part of the #CFCFPC TOP 100s Camp.

“I am looking forward to making an impact directly at Waterloo and hopefully help build that program back up,” Grant said. “As of now though, I am focused on my high school season and doing everything I can to help them get another OFSSA ring.”

On Nov. 19, Grant helped his team to a YRAA finals championship with a win over the St. Max Mustangs. The final score was 21-7. He was named league MVP.

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