Varsity Blues lock down 4 CFC100s

Varsity Blues welcome three out-of-province commits and one Ontario commit to their 2019 class.

CFC100s Larauche Akaffou, a linebacker from Dr. Martin LeBoldus High School, and athlete Kinsale Philip from New Westminster High School, are ready to give it their all as the University of Toronto Varsity Blues look to rebuild their program.

CFC100 linebackers Jeremy Sinclair from Windsor Secondary School and Owen Macleod from Bear Creek Secondary School will also be joining the Varsity Blues.

CFC100 Larauche Akaffou

Larauche Akaffou has found where he belongs and that’s in Toronto, Ontario. “I chose to commit to this school because it was the best fit for me,” he said. “With (it) being one of the most prestigious universities in Canada, I love the support they give to the athletes whether it’s in the classroom or on the field. I also love the facilities.”

Akaffou added that he thinks the coaches are great. “Head Coach Marshall and his staff are really determined into turning (the) program around. They have a great mindset,” Akaffou said. “I love what they are building ad I want to be a part of that. I feel like they’ll be able to develop me into the best player I can be.”

Hailing from Regina, Saskatchewan, Akaffou, who is interested in political science, played with the Leboldus Golden Suns (RHSAA) in high school. The 5’10, 180lbs back was a provincial champion in 2016.

CFC100 Kinsale Philip

Despite living in New Westminster, BC, Kinsale Philip has found a family in Toronto. “I formed a great relationship with the coaches and felt that the city itself was a great fit,” he said. “The new coaching staff is really inclusive and makes you feel a part of the family. They were willing to go out of their way to make sure I could feel really comfortable with my decision.”

On top of that Philip is excited for the opportunity he has with the Varsity Blues. “I love that I have the opportunity to rebuild a program and I think U of T has the tools to make that happen,” he said. “The infrastructure of the program is really strong, which creates a really competitive environment.”

Philip has been playing youth football since the age of seven. He is a member of the New Westminster Hyacks (BCSSFA). He helped his junior varsity team win a provincial championship in 2015. Two years later he won a varsity provincial championship. He was MVP of the final game. Last season the Hyacks were runners-up in the championship game. Philip was named as the ‘best back of the game.’

When Philip hops on that east-bound plane, the message is clear. “I’m coming into Toronto hungry and willing to do anything it takes for the team to be successful,” he said.

CFC100 Jeremy Sinclair

Jeremy Sinclair played with the Windsor Dukes (BCSSFA) in his hometown of North Vancouver, BC. Standing at 6’3, 210lbs, he has played as both a tight end and middle linebacker. In 2017 he played for Team West at the West Coast Fox 40 Prospect Challenge. He was recognized as a top performer.

CFC100 Owen Macleod

Owen Macleod of Barrie, Ontario, has played with both the Huronia Stallions (OFC) and the Bear Creek Kodiaks (SCAA). He is a former SCAA MVP, defensive player of the year and playoff MVP. He is 6’0, 195lbs.

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