Reputation, tempo attract 3 to Guelph

Guelph adds three GTA commits to their 2019 class.

Linebacker Williams Ike-Joseph from Garth Webb Secondary School and receiver Zachary Farray from Assumption Catholic Secondary will be kicking it up a notch after signing with the University of Guelph Gryphons.

Athlete Colin Dacyshyn from Etobicoke Collegiate Institute will also be joining the Gryphons.

Williams Ike-Joseph

Williams Ike-Joseph is ready to make the most of his university years. “I chose Guelph as the school has a great reputation in student satisfaction as well as education,” Ike-Joseph said. “On my visit, I loved the campus and football facilities. I also like how close by everything is on the campus.”

The 5’10, 215lb middle linebacker added that he loves the coaching staff. “They are very nice and caring people,” he said.

Ike-Joseph has been playing football for only two years. In that time, he has played for the Garth Webb Secondary School Chargers (HSSAA) and the Oakville Titans (OFC). Currently living in Oakville, Ontario, he spent seven years in the Netherlands before moving to Canada in 2017.

The potential mechanical engineering student helped the Chargers win a 2017 Halton Tier 2 championship. The following year, the team lost to the Nelson Lords in the Halton Tier 1 finals. He was a captain on the Chargers senior team last season. In grade 11, he made the honour roll.

“I am very excited and amazed that just after two seasons of football I am able to progress to the university level,” Ike-Joseph said. “I think my experience from playing rugby for seven years has helped me greatly.”

Zachary Farray

Courtesy of Zachary Farray.

For Zachary Farray, it was all about the coaches. “The coaches were what really pulled me in,” he said. “I was there (and the) tempo during practice, it gives me a real drive to get out there!”

Farray added that, “I chose the Guelph Gryphons because of the type of energy they have at practices and all around the community, everyone is very welcoming. I’m pleased to be balling there for next four years.”

The product of Burlington, Ontario, is interested in anthropology. He has been playing football for four seasons. He spent all of his time with the Assumption Catholic Secondary School Crusaders (HCAA). Farray admits that he had a rough grade ten season. He said he wasn’t into the game of football as much as he was in grade 11, so he considers it three years.

Farray, who is 6’0, 180lbs, has also played with the Burlington Stampeders (OFC) for two years. Currently with the Stamps, he said the team is on route to a championship. He is a former HCAA all-star. He was also a Division 2 champion in grade ten and finalist in grade 12.

Colin Dacyshyn

Colin Dacyshyn is from Etobicoke, Ontario, where he played with the Etobicoke CI Rams (TDSSAA). Standing at 6’1, 185lbs, he has played as both a quarterback and wide receiver.

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