LB/RB Oickle’s season dedication

Myers Riders standout has two early CIS contenders on radar.

There is no time to rest for Ottawa Myers Riders linebacker/running back AJ Oickle.

AJ Oickle

Linebacker, Running Back

5’8, 210 lbs

Ottawa Myers Riders (junior varsity: OVFL)


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Though he is only going into grade 10, AJ Oickle has already earned the reputation as a top young defensive prospect from Ottawa, Ontario.

This summer, AJ played the best football of his life, helping the JV Ottawa Myers Riders to a perfect season (11-0) and an OVFL championship. AJ led the team is tackle assists (61), solo tackles (34) and solo sacks (5).

“The part that made the championship more special was that we made it to the finals last year but came up short, so we had an opportunity to redeem ourselves this year and we did it,” AJ says.

AJ has played for the Myers Riders throughout his entire football career, starting at nine-years-old in the NCAFA. Throughout that time, he has steadily improved, earning several accolades for his effort on the field in the process. AJ was an All-Star in the NCAFA in 2013, an All-Star in the OVFL in 2014 and 2015, and the 2014 OVFL Offensive Rookie of the Year.


When he is not on the field, AJ can be found in the gym. He says a big reason for his dominance early on in his football career is that he outworks his competition.

“This past season I trained everyday of the week and then practiced at night, leaving the weekends for rest and recovery,” AJ says. “As for types of lifts, I do Olympic lifts and power lifts.”

“I also work in some minor muscle group exercises to make sure I do not develop any imbalances and also to prevent injury. Finally, Stretching is a very important part of my training to prevent injury and to maximize growth.”

Though he is still three years away from graduating from high school, AJ has already started thinking about his future in and out of football.

“As far as CIS football goes, I’m considering Carleton University if I were to stay home, but the University of British Columbia is where I would like to be,” AJ says. “I am looking to pursue an education in entrepreneurship or human kinetics, and either become a personal trainer or an entrepreneur.”

For now, he is focusing on improving on and off the field during the 2015/16 academic year.

“This season I’m going to dedicate my energy to making honour role in class while working heavily on my speed,”AJ says.

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