UofT Varsity Blues coaches connected with commit

Toronto adds GTA commit to their Class of 2018.

When Austin Reid, a quarterback from Abbey Park High School, met with the University of Toronto Varsity Blues, he felt there was a special connection between them.

Courtesy of Austin Reid.

“The coaching staff and I immediately connected and our approach to the game, play progressions and where they want to take the team culture were the perfect fit for where I want to progress both on and off the field,” Reid said.

“After spending time at the university with the team and with the coaching staff, I felt it was the best fit for me both scholastically and athletically. The staff was a huge part of my decision to commit to the Varsity Blues,” the product of Oakville, Ontario, added.

Reid had the opportunity to meet with the team’s offensive coordinator, Coach Surya, prior to his days with the Blues. “We met at one of Wilfrid Laurier’s camps and his style for the game very much matches my own,” Reid said. “We kept in touch and being his only 2018 quarterback commit, I feel blessed to have the opportunity to work and learn from him closely.”

The 6’4, 195lbs student-athlete has been apart of many teams over the span of his career. He spent three years playing in Nova Scotia with the Bedford Saints (Nova Scotia Football League) before coming to Ontario. Once in his current province, he played seven years with the Halton Cowboys, one with the Mississauga Warriors (OVFL) and one with the Burlington Stampeders (OVFL).

Courtesy of Austin Reid.

He spent four years of high school with the Abbey Park High Eagles (Halton Secondary School Athletic Association). He represented Team Canada U15 down in Florida and he was on Team Ontario Red-Black and Team Ontario U16 at the Spaulding Cup. He has played in the FPC for three years on Team Halton-Peel.

In 2016, he captured a bronze medal at the Spaulding Cup. He was also a Halton Tier 3 varsity champion. He can bench press 225lbs for two reps and can run 40 yards in 4.77 seconds. The three-time honour roll student is currently maintaining a 92% average and has applied to the rotman commerce program.

As one of Canada’s oldest universities, the Varsity Blues have been in existence since the late 1800s. Reid said that, “The University is deep in athletic history and I cannot wait to be part of its football future.”

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