REC Yorke a fast opponent (VIDEO)

AUS, OUA schools in the mix for the Royals’ standout.

When you face Jelani Yorke, a receiver for the St. Stephen Royals of Lake Ontario Secondary School Athletics Association (LOSSAA), you better not given him too much space or he’ll be tearing down the field before you have a chance to think.

Jelani Yorke

Receiver, Special Teams (Kick Return)

6’0, 185 lbs

St. Stephen Royals (high school: LOSSAA)
Oshawa Hawkeyes (OVFL)


Official Visits:

Mount Allison, Wilfrid Laurier, Ottawa, Carleton, Open


Yorke’s football career is relatively young, having only played for four years. He has played with the Oshawa Hawkeyes of the Ontario Varsity Football League (OVFL) for the past two years.

As a member of the Hawkeyes, Yorke has had to play many great teams in the OVFL. Last season, the Hawkeyes beat the Myers Riders in the regular season, a team which is always a top contender. “It was a team effort,” Yorke said of his season highlight. “Special teams, offense and defense all played very well and every individual gave 110 percent.”

Standing at 6’0, 185 pounds, the young football player’s main position is receiver, however he also returns kicks. Set to graduate in 2017, he is currently considering such CIS schools as Mount Allison, Wilfrid Laurier, Ottawa and Carleton. His hope is to fund his university education on both an academic and sports scholarship. After university, Yorke said he would love to go to film school and be involved in the film industry. He added that he will be visiting several Canadian universities in the upcoming months.

“The recruitment process has been great thus far. I’ve gotten the opportunity to talk to so many coaches. I’ve also had the chance to go to different camps as well,” Yorke said.

Jelani Yorke (#1) takes off running. Courtesy of Jelani Yorke.

Jelani Yorke (#1) takes off running. Courtesy of Jelani Yorke.

For everything in Yorke’s life, he said he has to give thanks to God for the talent he has been played with. Without God, he added, he wouldn’t have been given these opportunities. His next inspiration is his brother Idahosa, who he said has really helped him and taught him a lot.

“When he comes home from school, he brings more knowledge and experience to share with me to help me improve my game. Seeing him mature as a player and a person has continued to help me better myself on and off the field,” Yorke said.

Aside from football, Yorke is also an established track runner. In the Amateur Athletic Union 2016 Indoor Championships for track and field, Yorke ran 60m in 7.75 seconds. In the LOSSAA Championships, he covered 100m in 11.44 seconds. His time spent dedicated to track adds to his speed and agility training. He also works on lifting and high intensity field work with his brother, such as ladder drills, resistance training, sprints, etc.

“This offseason, I am going to focus on getting stronger and becoming more explosive,” Yorke added.

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