WR McKoy displays “unbreakable” passion

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OUA & AUS schools in contention for Warriors standout

These are busy but exciting times for Missisauga Warriors wide receiver Josiah McKoy.

Josiah McKoy

Positions:
Wide Receiver, Safety, Cornerback

Height/Weight:
5’11, 145 lbs

Teams:
Mississauga Warriors (OVFL)
Meadowvale Falcons (high school: ROPSSAA)

Commitment:
None

Official Visits:
None

Consideration:
Carleton, Guelph, StFX, York, Toronto, Open

Class:
2017

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Josiah McKoy is surrounded by accomplished players.

His cousin, David McKoy, and his trainer and coach, O’Neil Wilson, have both spent time in the Canadian Football League (CFL).

Josiah, a Grade 11 at Meadowvale Secondary School in Mississauga, ON, is looking to follow in the footsteps of two of his biggest idols, and eventually surpass them.

He is already in his eighth season on the gridiron. He has played his entire career with the Mississauga Warriors of the Ontario Varsity Football League (OVFL). He has taken home a few different awards during his time with the Warriors. He won 2010 Overall MVP Award and 2011 Peewee Special Teams MVP. He also received Junior Varsity Team MVP honours in 2015 and was also an OVFL All-Star nominee this season.

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The 2017 graduate has, of course, not committed to anything in terms of collegiate opportunities, but that doesn’t mean he isn’t looking ahead to the future. McKoy has a list of five schools, for of which in the OUA, with the other, the St. FX X-Men, coming from the AUS. He says he is enjoying the early days of recruitment.

“I had never been recruited prior to that season,” he mentioned. “It has been good; I have been approached by a few universities after several of my games and plan for it to open up even more in the coming months.”

A few different things stood out to the 5’11, 145-pounder when reminiscing upon the 2015 season.

“The highlights of last season was winning team MVP, being selected as a 2015 OVFL All-Star and also achieving my goal of 40 receptions on the season,” he recalled. “Those three things were huge for me and shows that hard work pays off.”

“Being an all-star was not on my mind coming into last seasons but when I was named one it was definitely a huge accomplishment for me.”

In life, McKoy’s mother and grandmother are the two people who have guided him to where he is today.

“My mom has taught me many valuable lessons throughout my life,” he stated. “She is my support beam that keeps me going all the time and she has shaped me to be the kind hearted well respected person I am today.”

“I owe it all to her because without her nothing would be possible. I play the game of football not only for the love but I want to be able to give back to her.”

“My grandma is another one of the most amazing people in my life. She supports me every which way possible, and she has taught me many values through her wisdom. Words could never express how grateful I am for them both.”

Uncle David and Wilson are the two that have always believed he could do anything he set out to do out on the gridiron.

“My cousin showed me that hard work can pay off,” he said. “I go to him whenever I need advice on how to get better or whatever I need to work on.”

“Oneil Wilson has done so much for me its unbelievable. I would never have as much talent as I do now if it weren’t for that man and I owe a lot to him. I began to train with him in my grade 10 Junior Varsity season and have been training with him ever since.  He is definitely a huge influence in my life.”

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When others speak and think of Josiah, they will describe and see someone who has his life well put together.

“They will say I’m a well mannered gentlemen, well respected and polite,” he said. “I know where I want to go and the goals that I need to achieve my success.”

“I’m a hard-working individual with a desire and love for the game of football, that could never be broken.”

McKoy has many plans for his future career, and professional football are among them.

“I would like to become a professional football player in the CFL or NFL,” he said. “Other than that, I would like to go to university to become a teacher or professional athletic trainer.”

Josiah also follows a demanding training regimen both during and following the season.

“During the off season and into my summer season I train with ‘Another Level’, a camp focussing on skills training run by Oneil Wilson and Dwayne Mundel,” he said.  “At the end of my high school season I usually train with ‘Athletic Leaders’ for strength and conditioning.”

He has no plans to visit any universities as of yet, but certainly hopes to start inquiring into different opportunities around the nation in the next year, once he begins his final high school season at Meadowvale.

McKoy knows that there are lots of things he can do to continue to perfect his game.

“Continue to work hard, stay healthy, focus, master my craft everyday in practice and head to the weight room every morning,” he said. Planning to take advantage of camps in his area is another wonderful way to work on the on-field aspects of his game.

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