SMU football is ‘continuing to get stronger’, adds CFC100 plus another

SMU adds a Nova Scotia commit and an out-of-province commit to their 2019 class.

Recruiting can be hard, but the hard work is just beginning for newly minted Saint Mary’s Huskies, JJ Stairs, a quarterback from Dartmouth High School, and CFC100 Isaiah Parkinson, an athlete from St. Thomas More Secondary School.

JJ Stairs

Courtesy of JJ Stairs.

When narrowing down his choices, JJ Stairs took a considerable look criminology, his future field of study. “Their criminology program is widely regarded as prestigious,” he said of his commitment to Saint Mary’s.

“Their football program is already strong and continuing to get stronger due to the talent being recruited and the knowledge of the coaching staff,” he added. “I feel SMU will give me the best opportunity to succeed over any other school in the country. So, the decision to attend there was not a hard one to make.”

Stairs has put his faith in the coaches, and he said they believe in him as well. “I will be given the opportunity to compete and improve daily there and as a competitor, that’s intriguing,” he said.

The product of Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, has had a longstanding love affair with football. Starting at the age of nine, he began his career in minor league football. He then spent three years with the Dartmouth Spartans (NSSAFFL). In 2018 he was a Division 1 Tier 2 champion with the Spartans and a team MVP. He is 6’1, 170lbs.

With his future set, Stairs had one thing left to say, “The only reason I am here is favour with God and continuous hard work.”

CFC100 Isaiah Parkinson

Isaiah Parkinson is from Hamilton, Ontario, where he played with the St. Thomas More Knights (HWCSSA). Standing at 6’1, 190lbs, he primarily plays as a running back and cornerback. He can cover the 40-yard dash in 4.7 seconds and he has a bench press of 215lbs.

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