Meteoric connection

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CFC TOP 100 running back newest recruit to join OUA team’s 2014 class.

After serious considerations and many suitors trying to woo him, a CFC TOP 100 running back has made his decision on his CIS gridiron future.

Khaliel James is the newest addition to the Guelph Gryphons.  The 6’1, 198 pound offensive standout from Windsor, Ontario felt that the Guelph campus was a perfect fit for him academically as well as well as to further his gridiron career.

“I chose to attend University of Guelph because it best suited me for CIS academic and athletic career,” explained James of his decision.  “I met a number of great coaches from fantastic programs during the whole recruiting process, but when it all came down to It, I felt like I had the strongest connection to Guelph.”

“The football program, academic support, and campus life were a few of the major factors that helped the decision on committing to Guelph. I also have some great relationships with current Gryphons that helped give me a better feel of the campus and the football program.”

What sealed the deal for the Windsor running back were the impressions he felt when he went on his official visit to the school.

“When I had my first on-campus visit, I felt like I was already a part of the Gryphons family, which was also another contributing factor on my decision to attend Guelph,” expressed James.

Finally, proximity played a role in his commitment to the Gryphons.

“Guelph is close to Toronto where my family resides, and some of my friends being so close to both Toronto and Windsor is great,” said James.

Khaliel James

The offensive standout joins the Gryphons after enjoying a successful high school career with Catholic Central Comets of Windsor and Essex County Secondary Schools Athletic Association (WECSSAA).  During time with the Comets, James amassed over 12,000 all-purpose yards and scored 67 touchdowns.

Other teams James has suited up for include Windsor-Minor Football Directbuy and Essex Ravens of the Ontario Varsity Football League (OVFL).

“I’m also looking forward to helping my Essex Ravens family win an OVFL title before playing in university,” added the Windsor running back.

This past July, James represented his home province as a member of Team Ontario at the 2013 Football Canada Cup in Moncton, New Brunswick.  He led the team to a bronze medal finish in the tournament.  For his exceptional play in Moncton, the Ontario standout was selected as a Tournament All-Star and received two Offensive Game MVP honours.

“I was blessed to be named Tournament All-Star and two- time Offensive MVP, with a great team behind me and an amazing offensive line to open up the holes,” expressed James.

Overall, the Windsor running back is appreciative of all the individuals who have played a role in all his successes up to this point.

“I wouldn’t be where I am today with football without my family support and all my past coaches who have helped me through the way,” commented James.



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