Moving East (VIDEO)

Winnipeg recruit decides to join OUA team’s 2014 class

A Winnipeg quarterback is moving out east to continue his gridiron career.

Sebastian Bel has decided that he would like to script the next chapter of his career with the University of Toronto Varsity Blues.

One of the reasons the 6’0, 180 pound pivot chose the Varsity Blues was academic reasons.

“I chose University of Toronto because I wanted to attend a top academic university, and Toronto’s recent Top 20 world university ranking made that decision pretty easy,” explained Bel.  “Also, the programs at University of Toronto were an exact fit for me.”

“I intend to study in the Rotman Business School.”

Moreover, the football program, especially the coaching staff was the perfect fit for the Winnipeg quarterback and liked the opportunity it presented for him to develop into an impact player.

“The Varsity Blues football program really appealed to me because I want to become a part of a very solid football team that I know is on the rise of something great,” commented Bel.  “I feel as a player, I can fit right into the offense and make an impact.”

“I’m blessed for the opportunity ahead and can’t wait to get out there. The coaching staff is great. Coach (Greg) Knox and Coach Maz (Ken Mazurek) made me feel very comfortable and welcome throughout the whole recruiting process like I was already a part of the team. The athletic facilities at U of T are second to none.”

Finally, there is one additional factor that influenced his decision.

“I wanted to go away to university to play football,” added the Winnipeg quarterback.  “I was approached by a number of NCAA schools in the south but I wanted to play in Canada.”

“Toronto felt like the perfect fit in the CIS.  I am also very blessed and excited to be living in downtown Toronto.”

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Bel recently completed his high school career with Kelvin Clippers of the Winnipeg High School Football League (WHSFL).  This past season, he became the first Clippers pivot to pass for over 1000 yards (1200 passing yards) and added seven touchdowns.  For his stellar regular season performance in a game against Murdoch McKay Clansmen, Bel was selected as WHSFL Player of the Week (20 completions in 28 attempts for 381 passing yards and two touchdowns). He began his gridiron career at the age of 10 with Crescentwood Grizzlies of the Manitoba Minor Football Association (MMFA).

As per the Varsity Blues Athletic Department policy, the team cannot confirm the commitment at press time.



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