Two strong, Western players commit to Regina

Rams pick up two highly touted offensive players.

Two Western Canadian boys will be staying in the west after Noah Dheilly, a slot back from #CFC50 No. 4 ranked Dr. Martin LeBoldus Catholic High School, and Jacob Palmarin, a running back from the Kamloops Broncos Canadian Junior Football League), committed to the Regina Rams.

It’s a journey that has been fraught with challenges for Dheilly, who plays with the LeBoldus Golden Suns (Regina Intercollegiate Football League), but he has finally found a CIS gridiron home, having recently committed to his hometown team.

According to the Regina Leader Post, Dheilly was diagnosed with blood cancer when he was four years old. On Sept. 9, 2006, he was declared cancer free, however he had to visit the doctor annually for the next ten years. It was on the same day he was declared cancer free, only ten years later, that he was told he no longer needed to visit the doctor.

Dheilly never let his difficult situation deter him from football and has since evolved into a talented young football player. In only five games of the 2016 season, he has caught 12 passes for 388 yards and has had six touchdowns. His impressive performance caught the eye of the Regina Rams recruiting staff. Now he will be joining his brother, Nicholas, who ranked 30th on the 2016 edition of the #CFC100 recruitment class.

“I choose to go to the University of Regina Rams because my older brother just committed there so I wanted to continue to play with family and I like the coaching staff as most of them coached me in the past. I have played with half the team’s players already!” Dheilly said.

“The coaching staff is great looking already and I’m excited to start my journey there! They must be doing something good from going from 0-8 to 5-1 this year with Bryce as head coach,” he added.

Dheilley is a two-time city and provincial championship winner and he was athlete of the week for CTV news this week. He was also player of the game for his second game of the season versus Knoll.

“I am a player that can be easily moved anywhere on the field and I am also team two quarterback for Leboldus. I can play anywhere if I’m needed. My hands are very good as well, only three drop passes this year in six games,” Dheilly added.

Jacob Palmarin (#34) running down the field. Courtesy of Kamloops This Week).

Jacob Palmarin (#34) running down the field. Courtesy of Kamloops This Week).

Palmarin will be joining the Rams after signing his letter of intent. In the 2015 season, he was recognized as a CJFL All-Canadian. He had a stellar year, leading the CJFL in carries with 121 for 1089 rushing yards and 13 rushing touchdowns. The Bronco stands at 5’10, 205lbs and can complete the 40-yard dash in 4.65 seconds. He will bring not only speed, but competitiveness as well to the Regina running back corps.

The running back was part of the Class of 2012, having played high school football for the Catholic Central Cougars (South Zone Tier II) from his hometown of Lethbridge, Alberta. During his high school days, he was awarded as the Offensive All-Star in his grade 12 year. His talents would further be recognized during his time in the CJFL.

In his first year, Palmarin won the Offensive Rookie of the Year award. In his second and third years, he was the Outstanding Offensive Player. In his fourth year, he was the team’s Most Valuable Player. He was also a BC Football Conference All-Star two times over, an CJFL All-Canadian and was awarded a Top Back award. He is ranked second overall in the country and first ranked running back.

Palmarin told Canadafootballchat back in August that, “I went to the Regina Rams camp after high school. Didn’t get a real good chance to show them what I could do.” Fast forward four years and several impressive seasons later and the highly touted running back has now shown the Rams what he brings to the table. He will join the team for the 2017 season.


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