Ontario Prospect Challenge Profile: Spear looking for exposure

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6’0, 170 lbs

Denis Morris Redmen (high school: NRHSAA)
Niagara Spears (OVFL)


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Travis Arp has a total of nine years of football under his belt starting at the age of seven with a total of 11 seasons.

Travis spent five seasons in the Niagara Region Minor Football Association (NRMFA).

He has also spent three seasons with his high school team, the Dennis Morris Redmen, as well as two seasons in the Ontario Varsity Football League (OVFL) with the Niagara Spears.

Moreover, nine of those 11 seasons were spent as quarterback.

“My goals for the Ontario Prospect Challenge (OPC) are to test my skills against the best players in Ontario, see how I match up with them,” said Travis.

He is also looking at putting his offseason training to the test, but most importantly to prove himself and get exposure to CIS schools.

As a 2017 graduate, being on the #CFC100 would be a dream come true because it basically shows that all the hard work and dedication he put in for the years has finally paid off.

“It’s good to have in your career when it comes to visiting CIS schools,” added Travis.

“As much of a great accomplishment that would be, I have to keep a level head and keep grinding and working on my game,” continued the Spear.

During the offseason, he goes over coverage and studies playbooks to get a good grip on them so he is mentally ready when he steps on the field.

He works on his one, three and five step drops, rollouts, as well as explosiveness and speed.

He builds arm strength by sitting in a chair and throwing balls to his dad to eliminate the power from his legs.

He also throws routes with the receivers from Spears and Dennis Morris to get some reps in.

“I get in the gym, workout my legs to build leg power and my chest, arms shoulders and core to build muscle and strength, light weight so it doesn’t throw off my mechanics,” said Travis.

Mechanics are his main focus during the offseason to tweak anything that needs it.

“My goal is to be better every season, mentally and physically through my training and reps,” commented Travis.

On the field his idol is Aaron Rogers because of how quick he releases the ball, makes the reads and puts the ball where it needs to be.

“His work ethic is what inspires me the most, he is constantly working on his game and getting better,” said Travis, “which pushes me to be like him.”

Not only does Travis watch Rogers on the field, he watches him on the sideline and locker room, and how Rogers rallies the team around him due to his amazing leadership.

“That was my focus this following high school season, build confidence and be a leader so the team trust and rallies around you to pull out a W when the game is in your hands to come up in clutch moments,” commented the quarterback.

Travis loves football because it is sport where it is more than just the game its building a family or brotherhood and that is a great feeling.

“Football has been in my family since I was born and I’ve grown to love it,” explained Travis. “My parents always taught me to work hard for everything in life so when you have a passion for something you wanna strive to get better and learn.”

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