Newest Lion (VIDEO)

Brampton linebacker newest recruit to join OUA team’s 2014 class.

Kobena Toku’s first encounter with Ray Gagnon has paid off for one OUA team.

Recently, the 6’0 205 pound linebacker from Brampton, Ontario committed to the York Lions for the 2014 OUA season.

Toku met Gagnon, Lions Special Teams Coordinator and Linebackers Coach, after an exhibition game and the rest was history.

“I first met Coach Ray Gagnon and he immediately expressed interest and we remained in touch ever since,” recalled Toku.  “When they had me come down for my visit, I immediately had a feeling that I would be calling York home for the next four to five years.”

“The situation in which I would be entering would be favorable to me with an early chance to compete at a starting position, that’s close to home and offers my program.”

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Toku has been playing the game for the past four years.  Among the teams the defensive standout has suited up for the Brampton Bulldogs of the Ontario Varsity Football League (OVFL) and his high school team, St. Marguerite d’Youville Panthers of the Region of Peel Secondary Schools Athletic Association (ROPSSAA).

“I almost gave up after my 2012 high school season, breaking a bone in my left hand during our ROPSSAA Championship Game in which had me in a cast for almost four months doctors believed I would need surgery but through physio it managed to heal itself,” added Toku.  “Coming into my last season of high school football, “I had a lot to prove not only to myself but to everyone else too, after a successful season in which came up short against the Campion Bears in a tie-breaker game.”


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