Vancouver College Fighting Irish RB ready for McGill

McGill brings in an out-of-province commit to their Class of 2017.

Alfred Dela Cruz, a running back from Vancouver College, probably won’t need a lot f time to get used to the sights and sounds of Montreal, Quebec, after singing with the McGill Redmen.

It will be a long flight from Dela Cruz’s hometown of Vancouver, BC, to reach McGill University. The prospect of exploring a new city and meeting new people, however, has thrilled the recruit. “I’m really excited to be able to live in such an awesome city full of culture and history,” he said. “The school community is very close and I know it will be easy to make new friends.”

Dela Cruz, who is interested in kinesiology or the arts, said he was also drawn to McGill because of the school’s “wonderful academics and the prestige the school has the offer.”

Courtesy of Alred Dela Cruz.

The 5’9, 160lbs athlete, who also returns kicks, spent his time playing with the Vancouver College Fighting Irish (BC Secondary Schools Athletic Association). After four years encountering west coast players, he will get a taste for what the rest of Canada has to offer. “I saw that (McGill is) a team full of awesome players,” Dela Cruz said. “I believe with such a young, talented team, McGill will be a forge to be reckoned with for the years to come.”

He added that, “I’m thankful that I will be able to contribute to this wonderful team. I think that Head Coach Ron and the rest of the coaching staff are some of the best there is and I love how they prioritize academics and while also having a winning mentality.”

In the 2016 season, Dela Cruz was recognized with the most inspirational award for the way he treated his teammates on and off the field, as well as how he conducted himself on the field of play. He had 106 carries for 801 yards, averaging 7.9 yards a carry. He finished the season with 12 touchdowns.

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