Regina Rams cover all sides of the ball with recent commit haul

Regina adds one Saskatchewan, one local and two out-of-province commits to their Class of 2018.

Connor Green, a kicker from Portage Collegiate Institute, and Apete Tuiloma, an offensive lineman from North Battleford Comprehensive High School, have a lot in common. They both live in small prairie towns, they both play football and they both are joining the Regina Rams.

Wide receiver Riley Boersma from Royal Imperial College of Canada and defensive back Will Gernert from Miller Comprehensive Catholic High School will also be joining the Rams.

Connor Green

A few kilometers south of Lake Manitoba lies Portage la Prairie, Manitoba, a small community nestled on Crescent Lake. It is close to Assiniboine River and is around 500km from Regina, Saskatchewan. It’s also the home of Connor Green, but not for much longer.

Deciding to head across provincial lines, Green will be making the almost five-hour drive to Regina. “I chose it because it’s still somewhat close to home… The campus is easy to navigate around and easy to find classes. The people in the town are extremely nice,” Green said.

“I (also) love the setup the team has in regards to studying because school comes first,” the potential education student added.

When he first arrived on campus, Green said the players and coaches were all very welcoming. “The coaches are all very straight forward and to the point, very approachable and east to talk to. They know what they’re talking about and also very experienced,” he continued.

Green has only played football for a grand total of two years, all of which was with the Portage Collegiate Trojans (Winnipeg High School Football League). The 5’8, 160lbs kicker/punter was the 2016 and 2017 special teams player of the year for the Trojans. He was also a WHSFL all-star last season.

A former soccer player, Green punts an average of 40.3 yards. On kickoffs, he averages 57 yards. His longest in-game field goal is 42 yards. During warmup, he once sunk 55 yards.

Apete Tuiloma

Courtesy of Apete Tuiloma.

It was the coaches that made the difference for Apete Tuiloma. “I chose this school because of how much they cared for the players and how much the coaches went out of their way to help the players achieve their goals whether it was academics or sports,” he said.

“This is a very experienced coaching staff that I’m hoping I can learn from and I’m very thankful to have them,” he added.

Tuiloma is interested in psychology and criminal justice. He is a former member of Team Saskatchewan U17 and Team North Saskatchewan U16. Standing at 6’3, 255lbs, the offensive tackle played five years with the North Battleford Vikings (Saskatoon Secondary Schools Athletic Directorate). He won a provincial championship with the team. He has also played as a fullback and defensive tackle.

The product of North Battleford, Saskatchewan, said, “I’m just very thankful for my high school coaches and teachers for all the help they’ve given me.”

Riley Boersma

Riley Boersma has been living in St. Catharines, Ontario, where he played with the RICC Knights. Prior to his time with the Knights, he played with the St. James Lions (Central Western Ontario Secondary Schools Athletic Association). He calls Erin, Ontario, his hometown. Last season, he played for the Cambridge Lions (OVFL) and was named as an all-star.

Will Gernert

Will Gernert is a local talent, having played football in his hometown of Regina with the Miller Marauders (Regina High Schools Athletic Association). Standing at 6’0, 165lbs, he participated in the 2017 ECS Saskatchewan Top Prospects Canada combine where he was named as an MVP. In 2013, at the OD Football Camp in Chicago, Illinois, he was named as an MVP linebacker. He is a three-time honour roll student.

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