Ontario Prospect Challenge Profile: Wildcat DE gunning for #CFC100 (VIDEO)

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Defensive End

6’3, 195 lbs

Metro Toronto Wildcats (OVFL)
St. Michael’s Thunder


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Liam Gracey OPC

At the age of 12, Liam Gracey started playing for the peewee TNT Express of the Ontario Minor Football League (OMFL).

The defensive end made the switch to the Southern Ontario Football Association of Leagues (SOFAL) to play with the bantam Vaughan Rebels.

Currently, he plays for the Metro Toronto Wildcats of the Ontario Varsity Football League (OVFL) and his high school team, St. Michael’s Thunder.

“I have made friendships throughout the seasons that will last for the rest of my life,” said Liam. “I have been recognized by my coaches a number of times by being named team captain and by receiving awards.”

Liam has been honoured with many titles and awards throughout his gridiron career including a junior defensive Player of the Year Award and Caledon Enterprise Athlete of the Week in September 2015.


In last year’s Ontario Prospect Challenge (OPC), the Wildcats standout was selected to play for the Central team last year and received amazing position specific coaching.

This year, his goal is to make the team again and receive the same level of coaching.

Moreover, with Liam graduating in 2017 he is hoping to make the #CFC100 list.

“I believe that being on the #CFC100 will give me additional exposure that can improve my chances of being recognized by Canadian and US schools,” added the defensive end.

During the offseason, he trains twice per week with a strength and conditioning coach, and once per week with a speed and agility coach.

He has also been fortunate to help his father coach his atom, and peewee teams over the last few years.

“Everything you learn from football can be applied to real life, school, work and friendships,” explained the Wildcats standout. “Football keeps me focused on getting good grades at school so I can continue playing at a post secondary level.”

Liam’s idol is JJ Watt as he plays the same position as he does, is committed to being the best player ever and is always doing charity work with sick kids.

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