Toronto Varsity Blues hunger appealed to commit

The Varsity Blues bring in a GTA commit to their team.

After lending his talents to Football North Clarkson, kicker/punter Christopher MacLean will be heading into the metropolitan mecca that is Toronto after signing with the University of Toronto Varsity Blues.

While MacLean is originally from Brampton, Ontario, he is quite familiar with where his new school is located. “I spent a lot of time downtown growing up, so Toronto feels like a second home to me and that played a big factor in my commitment to UofT,” he said. “You’re attending one of the most prestigious, academic institutes in the world in the heart of one of the liveliest cities in the world.”

Courtesy of Football North.

On top of location, MacLean was drawn to the school for its blend of academics and athletics. “I chose to commit to UofT because of their hunger for success and commitment to their players. They first and foremost want to see you, as an individual, be successful in both academics and football,” MacLean said, who is interested in criminology.

“Secondly, they are striving to build an even stronger legacy for their football program that will attract top football talent to the university for years to come,” he added. “I can’t say enough good things about the Varsity Blues coaching and support staff. They are very genuine people with a passion for winning and I know that all the right pieces are in place for the team to become title contenders in the years to come.”

Before joining Football North Clarkson, MacLean was a freshman at the University of Guelph in September. He joined Football North at the end of the month. Before that, he attended and played at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Secondary School.

“The coaches welcomed me in with open arms and wanted the Varsity Blues program to be the program where I could develop into a great athlete,” MacLean said.

To stay in peak condition, the 6’3, 200lbs kicker trains with former CFL and NFL punter Hank Illesic in Orillia. MacLean has been playing for three years.

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