Varsity Blues’ commit ready to learn from coaches

Toronto welcomes a local commit to their team.

Courtesy of James Stockwood.

FPC James Stockwood, a defensive lineman from St. Stephen’s Secondary School, has played across Canada, but he will now be staying in Ontario after signing with the University of Toronto Varsity Blues.

Currently attending Durham College, Stockwood is ready for the challenge of university. “I chose the University of Toronto because I have been in college for two years and I just want to go to the best school for education so that when I can no longer play the sport that I love I can get a job in the end,” he said.

The 6’6, 310lbs defensive tackle is interested in taking political science.

On the football front, Stockwood is very impressed with the team’s coaches. “I personally love the coaching staff at Toronto. We have a full-time d-line coach who will be able to help me be at my best on and off the field,” he said.

“Head Coach Greg Marshall is (also) a former lineman himself. Playing for him and listening to someone that has played in the NFL is something that appealed to me,” he added. “There is just so much for me to learn from both of them.”

Stockwood began his career in Quebec with the Point Saint-Charles Aces (LFMM). He then moved to British Columbia where he was a member of the Meadow Ridge Knights (VCFL) and the Chilliwack Giants. Afterwards, he travelled to Calgary to play with the Junior Mustangs. He then found himself back in Ontario where he suited up for the Peterborough Wolverines (OFC) and the Durham Dolphins (OPFL). In high school, he played with the St. Stephen Royals (LOSSA).

“I feel like my hometown playing where I had the most support was definitely the Durham Dolphins,” Stockwood said. “I also have participated in the Ontario Prospect Challenge. It was a great honour to be selected and it was a lot of fun to play with the best of the best in Ontario.”

Stockwood has accumulated many accolades in his 14-year career. He said he has won a lot of trophies and awards. He was the Giants’ MVP and he is a three-time Ramsey Conference champion. He was also the Royals’ best lineman for four years in a row. While with the Dolphins, he was named as the team’s MVP.

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