Raider quick study

Three CIS schools under consideration by Raiders standout.

This upcoming fall will be an active one on the recruitment front for Kitchener-Waterloo Collegiate Raiders defensive tackle Austin Slik-Taylor.

Austin Slik- Taylor

Defensive Tackle

6’1, 215 lbs

Kitchener-Waterloo Collegiate (KCI) Raiders (high school: WCSSAA)


Official Visits:

Waterloo, Wilfrid Laurier, Guelph, Open



Austin began playing football for the Kitchener-Waterloo Collegiate (K.C.I) Raiders of the Waterloo County Secondary School Athletic Association (WCSSAA) in his Grade 11 year of high school. He has been dedicated to the game ever since.

“My Grade 10 rugby coach (I play a wide variety of sports including football, rugby, hockey and baseball) Kevin Horne, encouraged me to play football, and I have had a deep respect for him ever since,” says Austin. “He’s major influence in my life, as are my parents.”

“My parents are always supportive of me and encourage me to do my best.”

Austin was selected as a WCSSAA All-Star and is staying on the team for a VictoryLap.

“I’m taking an extra semester in order to get one more year of high school football in,” he says, “I’m also thinking of trying out for (Twin Cities – OFC) Predators Football.”

Austin is a quick-learner and has two years of on-the-field experience combined with a background in rugby, his athletic prowess and his passion for football.

“My most memorable experience was during my first game of grade 12,” says Austin.  “It was the last few minutes of the fourth quarter and I stripped the ball off the running back and had a 30 yard run.”

“That was the first time I had ever run with the ball except for kick return, and from that moment on I loved the game.”

Once Austin completes high school, he will be attending university.

“I’ve narrowed the decision down to Waterloo, Laurier and Guelph,” says Austin.  “I don’t know what program I’m going to apply to – that’s the major roadblock right now.”

“Career wise, I wish to do something in law, perhaps a lawyer.”

He will be visiting universities this upcoming fall with will help him make his final decision.  In the meantime, he is training to be his best.

“I’m continuing to work out on a regular basis,” says Austin.  “I want to continue to build strength, endurance and agility in hopes of increasing my level of play.”

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