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CFC150 DB Isaac Sardo

Isaac Sardo is one of the two Sardo brothers to joint the Western Mustangs class of 2021 recruiting class.

Sardo is a 6’4″, 180 lb defensive back for the Bishop Ryan Celtics in Hamilton, Ontario.

CFC150 LB JP Sardo

J.P. Sardo will be joining his brother and teammate, Isaac, at Western in 2021.

J.P. is a 6’1″, 220 lb linebacker who also plays for Bishop Ryan in Hamilton.

REC Zave Allan

Zave Allan is the first 2021 hometown commit for the Mustangs this season.

Allan plays receiver for the London South Collegiate Lions in London, Ontario. He measures at 6’0″, 180 lbs.

DB Jacob Saunders

Jacob Saunders has decided to join his Lions teammate, Allan, and commit to Western for next fall’s OUA season.

Saunders is a 5’9″, 160 lb defensive back who studies at London South Collegiate in London.

“I chose western for their amazing coaching staff, top notch academics, as well as there winning tradition,” says Saunders.

CFC100 REC Ethan Henderson

Ethan Henderson is the first out-of-province commit for the Mustangs.

Hailing from Edmonton, Alberta, Henderson plays receiver for Harry Ainlay High School. He is 6’3″, 195 lbs.

QB Matt Jaquith

Matt Jaquith is, so far, the only quarterback who has committed to Western for 2021.

Jaquith plays quarterback for the A.B. Lucas Vikings in London, measuring at 6’0″, 185 lbs.

“The Western football tradition runs deep in my family,” says Jaquith. “I have been a Mustang fan all my life so having the opportunity to become one was an easy decision. I am super excited to be joining the program and to be surrounded by some of the greatest players and coaches in the nation!”

REC Carl Collinson

Carl Collinson will join the growing group of high school receivers that have decided to commit to the Mustangs.

Collinson is a 6’3″, 200 lb receiver playing for Strathroy District Collegiate Institute and the London Jr. Mustangs.

“With the school being so close to home, being able to commute is going to be a huge factor financially especially during these [COVID-19] times,” says Collinson. “Plus, once I’ve developed into the program, I feel I can really play an important role in those deep 1-on-1 jump balls.”

OL Lucas Eagleson

Lucas Eagleson is the most recent hometown commitment for Western.

Eagleson is a 6’2″, 300 lb offensive lineman for the Sir Fredrick Banting Secondary School Broncos in London.

“My furthest memories find my four-year-old self sitting on the cold, and wet Western stands watching the traditional mustang race around the track after Western had typically scored their seventh touchdown, as everyone kicked their feet back up against the bleacher walls to ‘MAKE SOME NOISE’,” Eagleson recalls. “It had always been a literal dream of mine to be a part of such a powerfully humbled team. As soon as I heard their interest, I had no other option.”

CFC200 DE Mugunthan Karunakgaran

Mugunthan Karunakgaran is one of the first defensive linemen to commit to the Mustangs.

Karunakgaran is a 6’3″, 220 lb defensive end at St. Francis Xavier High School in Milton, Ontario.

CFC100 REC Brayden Misseri

Brayden Misseri comes to Western from Toronto, Ontario.

Misseri is a 6’4″, 195 lb receiver for Clarkson Football North.

“I chose Western because it felt like my home away from home,” says Misseri. “The energy and atmosphere surrounding the football team immediately grabbed my attention, along with the academics. Football ends for everyone and I wanted a well-respected degree that can help create job opportunities in the future.”

OL Keeton Rout

Keeton Rout is one of the multiple Hamilton recruits that the Mustangs have been able to pick up so far.

Rout plays offensive tackle at Sherwood Secondary School and measures at 6’5″, 265 lbs.

“I needed to choose a university that would push me both academically and athletically to be the best I can be,” explains Rout. “Knowing the success Western has both in the classroom and on the field made it the perfect fit for me!”

DT Nathan Surla

Nathan Surla is the first Western commit to come out of Niagara Falls, Ontario.

Surla plays defensive tackle for the West Lane Spartans.

LB Liam Taylor

Liam Taylor is a part of a long line of Saint Andrews College players to have committed to the Mustangs in past years.

Taylor is a 6’1″, 190 lb linebacker from Aurora, Ontario.

“I chose Western because of the incredible football history and I immediately felt a connection with the coaches,” says Taylor. “The more we spoke, the more I realized I was a good fit for their program. On the academic side, their business program is top notch. I’m excited to be following in the steps of my grandfather who played at Western back in the day.”

OL Tristan Fortin

Tristan Fortin becomes the first of multiple CEGEP student-athletes to commit to the University of Ottawa.

Fortin is a 6’2″, 250 lb offensive tackle for CEGEP CNDF in Saint-Augustin de Desmaures, Quebec.

“Primarily, I choose Ottawa because of the law program,” says Fortin. “I was able to enter in Ontario but not in Quebec because they’ve deleted the results of last session in Quebec. Secondly, the coaching staff. I think that Ottawa got some really great coaches with Marcel Bellefeuille and Carl Tolmie. And finally, Ottawa was a place I considered for a pretty long time.”

OL Kevin Beauchamps

Kevin Beauchamps is another offensive lineman from Saint-Augustin de Desmaures who has decided to join the Gee-Gees 2021 recruting class.

Beauchamps plays offensive tackle for CEGEP CNDF with Fortin and measures at 6’4″, 250 lbs.

RB Martin Blais

Martin Blais is the third running back who has committed to uOttawa for next year.

From Valleyfield, Quebec, Blais plays in the backfield at 5’5″, 155lbs.

“For me, its the choice that has the most positives aspects,” says Blais.

DB Agaric Amedlin

Agaric Amedlin is yet another Quebec commitment for the Gee-Gees.

Amedlin is a 5’7″, 170 lb defensive back who plays for Champlain-Lennoxville in Lennoxville, Quebec.

CFC100 REC Linden Williams

Linden Williams becomes the first 2021 uOttawa commit from western Canada.

Williams is a 6’1″, 180 lb receiver for Mt. Doug in Victoria, British Columbia.

“I just loved the coaching staff during the whole recruiting process,” explains Williams. “The team is definitely on the come up. Lots of great things they brought to the table and I couldn’t find any reason to not choose uOttawa.”

QB Huzaifah “Zee” Rana

Huzaifah “Zee” Rana is one of the newest transfers for the Gee-Gees.

Rana is a 6’2″, 190 lb quarterback who transferred from Saint Mary’s University in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Rana is originally from Ottawa, Ontario were he played for the Ashbury College Colts.

“Being a local kid, the opportunity to play for a hometown team like the Gee-Gees felt like the right move,” says Rana.

REC Willy-Pierre Dimbongi

Willy-Pierre Dimbongi is another uOttawa transfer coming back to his home city.

Dimbongi is a 6’2″, 185 lb receiver who transferred from the University of Guelph after two seasons with the Gryphons. He is from Ottawa and played for St. Matthew’s High School and the Ottawa Sooners.

QB Tristan Rinaldis

Tristan Rinaldis is the sole quarterback in the Carleton University 2021 recruiting class so far.

Rinaldis is 6’3″, 190 lbs and plays for CEGEP Edouard-Montpeitit in Edouard-Montpetit, Quebec.

“Since the very beginning of my recruitment, the coaches at Carleton have made their presence felt and the communication was very fluid,” says Rinaldis. “They have given me a great opportunity and I truly believe that I can help the Ravens win.”

CFC60 DL Arnold Mbembe

Arnold Mbembe is the first of two recent U Sports football players who have transferred to the Ravens.

Mbembe comes to Carleton from the University of Laval in Quebec City, Quebec where he played defensive line at 6’6″, 245 lbs. Mbembe is originally from Montreal, Quebec and played for the Vanier College Cheetahs.

“To be honest I really felt comfortable not just as a player but as a person so it’s the reason why I went there and I think those Coaches will help me grow in those aspects of my life,” says Mbembe. “I am also closer to my family and that was a big factor in my decision.”

LB Nehemi Tshisungu

Nehemi Tshisungu is the second transfer heading to Carleton.

Tshisungu, a 6’1″, 215 lb linebacker, will join the Ravens in 2021 after transferring from York University. He is from Laval, Quebec and played for the College Montmorency Nomades before starting his U Sports football career.

“I chose [Carleton] because I would be close to my family,” explains Tshisungu.

DB Davies Mitchell

Davies Mitchell is the second player from the west coast to join Sir Wilfred Laurier University’s new recruiting class.

Mitchell plays defensive back for the Sardis Secondary School Falcons in Chilliwack, British Columbia. He measures at 5’11”, 185 lbs.

“I chose [Laurier] because everything about it went with what I wanted,” says Mitchell. “Great school, great team and some amazing coaches to top it all off. It just gave me the right vibes by choosing the Golden Hawks.”

DB Tristan Miller

Tristan Miller joins Mitchell on the current list of defensive backs for Laurier’s rookie class in 2021.

Miller is 6’0″, 170 lbs and studies at St. Francis Xavier High School in Milton, Ontario.

LB Alex Provan

Alex Provan is the newest addition to the Golden Hawks linebacker corps.

Provan is 6’0″, 190 lbs and last played for Notre Dame High School in Burlington, Ontario.

DT Gabriel Burke-Burfoot

Gabriel Burke-Burfoot is one of two defensive linemen who have commited to Laurier since the beginning of October.

Burke-Burfoot is a 6’2″, 355 lb defensive tackle from Kingston, Ontario who played for the Kingston Jr. Gaels.

“I decided Laurier football was the best choice for me simply because of the family they’ve created,” says Burke-Burhead. “I was shown the great relationship the coaches have with the players on and off the field and how devoted they are to each player’s success when it comes to academics. After talking with some of the coaching staff, I was without a doubt sure that Laurier was the place for me in order to enhance my football abilities and develop a greater academic understanding.”

REC Jarod Tessier

Jarod Tessier is the newest commit for McMaster University.

Tessier is a 6’2″, 190 lb receiver for the Notre Dame Irish in Welland, Ontario. He also played for the Niagara Spears.

“I chose [McMaster] because I felt like it was the right fit for me as an athlete as well as a student to spend my five years,” mentions Tessier. “I feel like it is the best place for me to improve my game and take it to the next level.”

K/P Ben MacDonald

Ben MacDonald is the first special teams player to pick McMaster as his choice for 2021.

MacDonald is a 6’0″, 190 lb transfer from Bishop’s University where he played kicker and punter since 2017. He is from Kamloops, British Columbia but played his final years before U Sports at Champlain College Lennoxville in Quebec.

LB Jalen Grabell

Jalen Grabell is now a Queen’s Gael, joining their 2021 class.

Grabell is a 6’2″, 230 lb linebacker from Stouffville, Ontario who plays for Bill Crothers Secondary School.

“I chose Queens because of the high standard in academics and athletic achievement,” says Grabell.

CFC200 DT Jerry An

Jerry An joins the growing list of defensive players for the new Queen’s recruiting class.

An is a 6’4″, 260 lb defensive tackle from Oakville, Ontario. He last played for Iroquois Ridge High School.

“I chose Queen’s for the prestigious education, the wonderful campus and the community Queen’s offers,” explains An. “I would like to be apart of a rich culture and be surrounded by those who want success just as bad as I do.”

CFC100 DE Silas Hubert

Silas Hubert is another defensive lineman becoming a part of the Gaels football program.

Hubert plays defensive end for Norwood District High School in Hastings, Ontario. He measures at 6’5″, 275 lbs.

CFC200 LB Nuer Gatkuoth

Nuer Gatkuoth will accompany Grabell as the two newest linebackers for Queen’s.

Gatkuoth is 6’3″, 205 lbs and plays for West Toronto Prep. He is originally from Edomonton, Alberta where he played for Austin O’Brien High School.

ATH Parker Williams

Parker Williams commits to the University of Toronto as a multi-position athlete.

Williams measures at 6’3″, 235 lbs and can play tight end, fullback, linebacker, offensive line and longsnapper. He currently studies at Colonel Gray High School in Charlottetwon, Prince Edward Island.

CFC200 RB Luka Stoikos

Luka Stoikos is the newest running back for the Varsity Blues.

Stoikos is a 5’11”, 200 lb student-athlete from Toronto where he played for St. Jean de Brebeuf College School.

ATH Kevin Graham

Kevin Graham is another multi-position athlete who has committed to the University of Toronto.

Graham plays both linebacker and defensive line in Toronto and measures in at 6’4″, 250 lbs.

OL Miigwans Assance-Goulais

Miigwans Assance-Goulais is the latest recruit to commit to the Varsity Blues.

Assance-Goulais is a 6’6″, 350 lb offensive lineman for Saint James Preparatory School in Maryland. He is originally from Sturgeon Falls, Ontario.

LB Cole Weddell

Cole Weddell has officially committed to the University of Waterloo for the 2021 season.

Weddell plays linebacker for A.N. Myer Secondary School in Niagara, Ontario. He measures at 6’1″, 210 lbs.

“I chose Waterloo for the family atmosphere, excellent coaching and the strong focus on academics and academic support,” says Weddell.

CFC200 REC Alex Sooley

Alex Sooley has decided to stay home in Waterloo and play for the Warriors.

Sooley is a 6’3″, 175 lb receiver for Waterloo-Oxford Secondary School and is from Baden, Ontario.

DB Daniel Nkonkomalimba

Daniel Nkonkomalimba joins the Windsor Lancers as the university’s latest football recruit.

Nkonkomalimba plays for the St. Roch Catholic Secondary School Ravens. The Brampton, Ontario native is 5’11”, 182 lbs.

“I committed to the University of Windsor for its academic prestige and position opportunities they offer,” says Nkonkomalimba.

REC Darren Bumstead

Darren Bumstead leads off the newest slate of commits to York University.

Bumstead is a 6’3″, 175 lb receiver from the York region.

“I choose York because I like their program, they have a great facility and the support networks that they have created for the players is outstanding,” mentions Bumstead. “Also, I have played with a few of the guys in past years and I have built relationships with some of the coaching staff.”

OL Hunter Bates

Hunter Bates is the second of three offensive lineman to commit to the Lions for 2021.

Bates is from Peterborough and measures in at 6’3″, 280 lbs.

DB Joseph Perera

Joseph Perera is, so far, the only defensive player to join the list of York commitments this season.

Perera is a 6’2″, 175 lb defensive back from Toronto where he played for the Toronto Jets.

OL Santino Pasquale

Santino Pasquale is the most recent high school commit for York.

Pasquale is a 6’3″, 280 lb offensive lineman for Bishop Tonnos Secondary School in Ancaster, Ontario.

RB Jericho Daher

Jericho Daher is one of two new transfers for York.

Daher is a 6’2″, 210 lb running back who comes to the Lions from Saint Mary’s University. Before then, he played at Huron Heights Secondary School in New Market, Ontario.

“I chose to go to York because the coaches there provided me with an opportunity when I really didn’t have anything else on the table,” says Daher. “There is also a great playing opportunity for me and the offensive scheme has been proven to be one of the best in the country.”

DL Ali Azraq

Ali Azraq has the exact same path as Daher as he too will transfer to York from SMU.

Azraq is a 6’3″, 275 lb defensive lineman who was a teammate of Daher’s at SMU and Huron Heights.

“I chose York U because of the multicultural environment on the team and around the school,” explains Azraq. “The acceptance of different religions and cultures from around the world is important to me. York also has amazing defensive coaching stuff lead by coach Okpro, a three time U Sports First Team All-Canadian. York also felt like the best place for me to thrive within my role in the trenches #lionpride.”

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