Varsity Blues reinforce defense, add 3

Toronto adds two out-of-province commits and one Ontario commit to their 2018 class.

Linebacker Brooks Miller from Valleyfield High School, defensive lineman Tolu Ahmed from St. Joseph’s High School and athlete David Osho from St. Thomas More Collegiate want nothing more than to bring success to their new team, the University of Toronto Varsity Blues.

Brooks Miller

By A Game Photography.

Brooks Miller has lived in the west for his entire life, but now he will get a taste of what eastern Canada has to offer. “I chose to commit to the University of Toronto because of their academic prestige, the coaching staff and what they want to build there. I want to be apart of their vision,” said Miller, who is interested in political science. “I think the coaching staff there is great, and they want to build a great program.”

While he is from Rabbit Lake, Saskatchewan, Miller played for five years with the Valleyview Vikings (BCSSFA) and two with the Vancouver Islander Raiders (CJFL). He is a two-time high school MVP and a Cullen Cup champion with the 2017 VI Raiders. The 5’10, 190lbs athlete also participated in the Senior Bowl in grade 12.

Tolu Ahmed

By Sue MacDonald.

Sometimes, when it works, it works, and that’s what happened for Ottawa’s Tolu Ahmed. “When I went on my visit something felt right, from the love I got from the coaching staff to the appeal of Toronto. Going to a city like that and receiving some of the best education in the world, I knew Toronto was where I was supposed to be,” he said.

“The coaching staff is great. They made me feel like family from the moment we met,” he added. “I can tell they actually value their players’ success in life more so than just winning football games.”

For the 6’3, 195lbs defensive end and outside linebacker, football was not his first sport. “I only started playing football in September 2016 because I transferred schools in grade 11 and because of OFSAA rules, I was not allowed to play basketball and had nothing better to do,” he said. He would go on to play with the St. Joseph’s Jaguars (NCSSAA) and the Ottawa Sooners (OPFL).

David Osho

By Luka Kojima.

Surrounded by stunning sights himself, David Osho fell in love with a different type of city living.

“I chose Toronto because of the amazing atmosphere the campus brings to me. The city itself is beautiful and I would love to live there,” the product of New Westminster, BC, said. “The coaches and some players I’ve met there were awesome…the coaches in Toronto are outstanding people. They would always talk to me when they get the chance.”

It was Coach Surya and Mullen who Osho met first, and he said they told him Toronto would be the perfect fit for him. “They helped me get recruited and they knew I would be a perfect pick for them,” he added. “The coaches are super helpful and when it’s time to get to work, they will push you to your limits. I’ve never had them to coach me yet, and I know they are going to be great.”

From 2005 to 2008, Osho was a member of the Burnaby Lions. He then played with the New Westminster Hyacks (BCSSFA) from 2009 to 2012. In 2013, he joined the St. Thomas More Knights where he currently is now. In 2017, he played in the Fox 40 Prospect Challenge as a free safety for Team BCHS.

Osho is a 2017 Western Conference all-star. He also won the STMC Kully Award, which is a coaches’ award. In 2013, he captured a BC provincial championship. Standing at 6’0, 185lbs, Osho is interested in taking kinesiology.

And beyond university? “Football is a passion in my life,” Osho said. “I hope to play professionally after university.”

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