Manitoba Bisons herd grows by three

Manitoba stocks up on Trojan commits.

A trio from Vincent Massey Colligate, affectionately known as the “Triples”, are staying in Manitoba after committing to the University of Manitoba. Wide receivers and Brayden Saville and Abdul-Karim Gassama and defensive back Galata Gurmu signed with the team on Dec. 8.

Brayden Saville

Brayden Saville jumps for the ball. Courtesy of Brayden Saville.

Brayden Saville jumps for the ball. Courtesy of Brayden Saville.

Winnipegger Brayden Saville is looking forward to being apart of a prestigious Bisons heard. “I chose to commit to Manitoba because it’s a legitimate contender. They are always around the top. Plus it’s my hometown and being able to play for the team that you grew up around is pretty cool,” he said.

The 6’5, 195lbs football player is no stranger to the team’s coaching staff, having already met many of them through the Recruit Ready program. “They’ve made me way better than I was before,” Saville said.

He began his career with the Fort Garry Lions in the Manitoba Minor Football League. He was a member of both the U16 and U18 editions of Team Manitoba. Last season, while with the Trojans, he helped his team win a Anavets Bowl. He was given the Golden Gloves Award by the Trojans in recognition for his stellar play as a wide receiver. In 2013 and 2014, he won back-to-back junior varsity championships.

In nine seasons, Saville has played a variety of positions. He sticks mainly to receiver now, however he has seen the defensive side of the ball as a safety.

While university is still eight months away, Saville has a few things to sort out before heading to campus. “Still trying to figure out exactly what I’m going to take in university I don’t really know what I want to do yet,” he said.

Abdul-Karim Gassama
Trojan teammate Abdul-Karim Gassama was also a member of the 2016 edition of the U18 Team Manitoba-Gold.

Galata Gurmu
Galata Gurmu’s most recent team is the Vincent Massey Trojans (Winnipeg High School Football League). He was apart of the Team Manitoba-Gold squad that participated in the 2016 U18 Football Canada Cup. He was also awarded a spot of the Football Canada all-start team that year. He was also selected to play on the U19 Team Canada team. He is 5’10, 180lbs.

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