Stingers sign Ontario defensive tackle

The Concordia Stingers are pleased to announce defensive tackle Michael Sanelli from the GTA Grizzlies has signed a CIS letter of intent and will join the football team for training camp in August.

The Toronto native started his football career at Chaminade high school before joining the Grizzlies junior program and competing in the Ontario Football Conference. He earned all-star honors at the junior level in 2013 and 2014.

“He adds more depth to a solid defensive line,” said assistant head coach and defensive co-ordinator Patrick Donovan. “With his size and athletic ability he will create havoc for offensive lines. He’s definitely going to be a player to watch for in 2015. We are thrilled to have him join the family.”

Donovan also pointed out that Sanelli has drawn favorable comparisons to former Stinger Quinn Smith who is currently a member of the Grey Cup champion Calgary Stampeders.

Sanelli, who checks in at six foot three, 310 pounds, earns respect for his attitude and work ethic.

“I’ll be bringing intensity and drive,” Sanelli said. “I’m a team guy. I will get people fired up. I’m going to go hard and make other people go hard.”

The 21-year-old lineman likes what he sees with the Stingers football program.

“I chose Concordia because it’s a very good environment,” he explained. “There are good people in the program and great coaches. When you’re there you really feel like you’re part of a family.”

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