OPC: Team Central Minor DL Kaptein focused on victory

The countdown begins to CanadaFootballChat.com Ontario Prospect Challenge on the May 1st weekend.  In the days leading up to OPC, CFC will preview the teams, coaches and players participating in the big event.

For Nicholas Kaptein, there was no doubt in his mind about OPC.

“Opportunity came knocking and there was no hesitation,” recalled the 5’8, 217 pound defensive lineman.

On Saturday, Kaptein will suit up for Team Central’s Minor squad at the Ontario Prospect Challenge (OPC).

“It’s been fun and exciting,” recalled the defensive lineman of the OPC process.  “The coaches are very positive and knowledgeable.

“I have been cross training with various coaches.”

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Kaptein comes to OPC with a wealth of experience as he has played for the Ajax-Pickering/Durham Dolphins of the Ontario Varsity Football League (OVFL). Over the course of his career, he has settled into the role of defensive lineman.

“I’m passionate about the position,” expressed the Team Central standout, who emulates NFL stars Clay Matthews (Green Bay Packers) and Ray Lewis (Baltimore Ravens) “I really love sacking the quarterback.”

“It challenges all my football skills.”

Playing in front of a packed crowd at TD Place in Ottawa could be a daunting task.  However, Kaptein is going to handle the pressure the best way he can.

“I am going to focus on my breathing and keeping focused on the game,” offered the Team Central defensive lineman.  “I am going to Practice, Practice, Practice with the team and my father.”

“I am going to do running on the track.”

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Set to graduate in 2021, Kaptein is already thinking about where he would like to play beyond high school.  As for CIS options, he is considering McGill, York and McMaster.  The defensive lineman is keeping his eye south of the border and is keen on Notre Dame, Ohio State, Duke, Kentucky and UCLA.

“I want to make it to a Division 1 college,” added the Team West standout.

For now, his focus is on OPC and what he wants to accomplish at the event.

“I am looking forward to making great plays and helping my team get the ball back on offence,” commented Kaptein.  “My personal goal is three quarterback sacks and up to ten tackles.”

“The team goal is to be smart and focused on being victorious.”

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