This past season's Oct. 21 clash in Surrey between Holy Cross (red) and visiting Windsor showcased quarterback recruits for both SFU (Nate Hunt, with ball) and UBC (Ryan Baker, 8). (Photo by Howard Tsumura property of VarsityLetters.ca)
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Varsity Letters’ B.C. Recruits List 2018: Where 108 football prospects are headed this coming season

LANGLEY — Welcome to Day 2 of B.C. Recruits List Week here at Varsity Letters. 

As we mentioned yesterday, we’ll be previewing a sport a day through this week with the entire list set for Sunday publication. 

Wednesday is football day!

The full week’s schedule:

Tuesday — soccer

Wednesday — football

Thursday — volleyball

Friday — basketball

Saturday — track and field

Sunday — all sports combined

Abbotsford running back Samwel Uko will be taking his skills to the Saskatchewan Huskies. (Varsity Letters photo by Howard Tsumura)

FOOTBALL

U SPORTS

CANADA WEST

ALBERTA

Hayden Naylor (6-1 DB, Victoria-Mt. Douglas)

CALGARY

Sebastien Reid (5-10, DB, New Westminster), Sammy Sidhu (5-11 LB, New Westminster), Josh Haydu (6-2 QB, North Delta-Seaquam), Robbie Rodrigues (RB, Okanagan Sun), R Nathanael Durkan (R, Nanaimo-John Barsby, Simon Fraser), Tyson Philpot (6-0 R, North Delta-Seaquam), Jalen Philpot (6-0 RB, North Delta-Seaquam), Jacob Kirk (LB, South Delta), Grant McDonald (LB, South Delta, Maine), Riley Moore (DB, South Delta)

MANITOBA

Billy Matwichyna (6-1 R, South Delta)

REGINA

Ryan Jensen (6-3 LB, Richmond-Hugh Boyd)

SASKATCHEWAN

Samwel Uko (5-10 RB, Abbotsford), Isaiah James (6-0, OL/DL, New Westminster)

St. Thomas More’s Joel Pielak will bring his power game to the UBC Thunderbirds. (Photo by Howard Tsumura property of VasrsityLetters.ca)

UBC

Daniel Appiah (5-7 KR/RB, Calgary-Ernest Manning), Ryan Baker (6-4 QB, North Vancouver-Windsor), Michael Calvert (6-2 QB, South Delta), Jaxon Ciraolo-Brown (6-1 DB/LB, Hamilton (Ont.)-Cathedral), Shane Desrochers (6-1 DL, Welland (Ont.)-Canada Prep), Pauljeet Dhami (6-4 TE, Vancouver-Notre Dame), Jonathan Dorocicz (6-3 DL, Calgary-Ernest Manning), Andrew Duerner (6-5 DT, Bakersfield (Calif.)-Liberty), Lautaro Ferreyro Araya (6-1 Rec, Pitt Meadows), Cameron Fietz (6-2 QB, Okotoks (Alta.)-Holy Trinity, Rantoul (Ill.)-Midwest Prep), Harland Hastings (5-11 DB, Calgary-Henry Wise Wood, Acadia University), Hamada Kanaan (6-3 OL, London (Ont.)-Catholic Central), Niko Katsantonis (6-0 DB, Bakersfield (Calif.)-Liberty), Maxwell Kennedy (5-10 DB, Coquitlam-Centennial), Lake Korte-Moore (6-5 DL, Ottawa-St. Joseph Catholic), Daniel Kwamou (6-1 LB, Calgary-Notre Dame), Sheriden Lawley (6-5 DL, Abbotsford-W.J. Mouat, Lawrenceville (N.J.) Prep, University of Connecticut), Giovanni Manu (6-8 OL, Pitt Meadows), Gavin Murray (6-4 DL/OL, Delta-Seaquam), John Nikolovski (6-1 RB/LB, Oakville (Ont.)-St. Ignatius of Loyola Catholic), Jacob Patten (6-0 Rec/KR, Hannon (Ont.)-Bishop Ryan Catholic), Julien Perri (5-11 DB/Rec, North Vancouver-Windsor), Joel Pielak (5-9 FB/LB, Burnaby-St. Thomas More), Nicholas Pollitt (6-0 Rec, Calgary-Henry Wise Wood), Nick Rich (6-2 Rec, North Vancouver-Carson Graham), Kaden Sadownyk (6-0 LB, Springbank Community), Tom Schnitzler (6-5 DL, Saskatoon-Bishop James Mahoney, Saskatoon Hilltops), James Vause (6-1 DB, Saskatoon-Aden Bowman, Saskatoon Hilltops), Blake Whiteley (6-5 TE, West Vancouver, Arizona Western College, University of Texas), Liam Cross (6-3 OL, Calgary-Notre Dame), Elias Rodriguez Sanchez (6-1 DL, Kelowna, Okanagan Sun), Brice Pumares (5-10 RB, Vancouver-Notre Dame), Kareem Oborne (6-1 LB, Vancouver-Notre Dame)

OUA

GUELPH

Jake Bennett (6-1 R, North Vancouver-Handsworth)

LAURIER

Tyler Eckert (6-1 DE, Burnaby-St. Thomas More)

MCMASTER

James Bradley (6-3 DL, Saanich), Michael Hampton (6-4 OL, Surrey-Lord Tweedsmuir), Eli Haynes (6-1 LB, Kelowna), Eric Maslen (6-2 OL, Vancouver), Callum Oxley (6-3 WR, Vancouver)

QUEEN’S

Owen Stewart (6-4 DL, Vancouver College), Liam McGennis (6-5 OL. Abbotsford-Robert Bateman)

TORONTO

James Grieg (6-1 LB, Vancouver College), Brooks Miller (5-10 RB, Kamloops-Valleyview Secondary), David Osho (6-0 SB/R, Burnaby-St. Thomas More), Quin Paterson (6-3 OL, North Delta-Seaquam), Deshawn Wong (6-3 DL, Vancouver-Notre Dame), Finn Stark (6-1 TE, New Westminster)

WATERLOO

Kyle Harrington (6-4 OL, Victoria Spartans, Westshore Rebels (CJFL), Okanagan Sun (CJFL))

B.C.’s leading AAA rusher, Lord Tweedsmuir’s Derek Best, will have a pair of blue-chip Mt. Douglas Rams’ linemen to run behind this coming fall with the Western Mustangs. (Photo by Howard Tsumura property of Varsity Letters)

WESTERN

Derek Best (6-1 RB, Surrey-Lord Tweedsmuir), Phil Grohovac (6-4 OL, Victoria-Mt. Douglas), Soren Hallschmid (6-4 OL, Victoria-Mt. Douglas), Dylan Rachel (6-2 S, Vancouver-Notre Dame)

WINDSOR

Sajjun Shokar (6-4 OL, Burnaby-St. Thomas More)

AUS

ST. FRANCIS XAVIER

Bentley Thomas (6-0 DB, Chilliwack-G.W. Graham)

ST. MARY’S

Yanni Angelopoulos (5-10 DL, New Westminster), Kai Sommerville (6-5 DL, Chilliwack), Terrek Bryant (6-6 OL, Parksville-Ballenas, Vancouver Island-CJFL), Braydon Winger (6-3 OL, Chilliwack-G.W. Graham)

Mt. Douglas Rams’ Jake Ounsted is headed to NCAA Div. 1 UMass. (Photo by Howard Tsumura property of VarsityLetters.ca)

NCAA

DIV. 1

PORTLAND STATE

Brayden Dickey (6-5 WR, North Vancouver-Carson Graham, Washington)

MASSACHUSETTS

Jake Ounsted (6-1 DL, Victoria-Mt. Douglas)

After scoring the final two points of the 2017 B.C. high school football season, New West’s Lucas Sabau begins his collegiate career this fall with Simon Fraser. (Photo by Howard Tsumura property of VarsityLetters.ca)

DIV. 2

SIMON FRASER

Griffin O’Connor (6-2 DL, Surrey-Lord Tweedsmuir), Davion Dixon (6-2 DT, Seattle-O’Dea), Thomas Bambrick (6-1 DT, Santa Clarita (Cal.)-Hart), Rochon Bhattacharya (5-11 CB, New Westminster, West Hills), Tank Brewster (6-2 DE, Snoqualmie (Wash.)-Mount Si), Reuben Buchanan (6-1 OL, Vancouver-Notre Dame, McMaster), Ethan Calapp (6-2 OL, Spanaway (Wash.)-Bethel), Harrison Copoloff (6-2 TE, Scottsdale (Ariz.)-Notre Dame Prep), Evan Currie (6-2 DB, North Vancouver-Handsworth), Nathan Frenette (6-3 OL, Abbotsford-W.J. Mouat), Wyatt Gardner (6-2 OL, Snohomish (Wash.), Santa Barbara), Nick Giffen (6-5 OL, Surrey-Holy Cross), Mason Glover (5-9 CB, Covington (Wash.)-Kentwood), Dylan Hartman (6-4 R, Tacoma (Wash.)-Stadium), Nate Hunt (6-3 QB, Surrey-Holy Cross), Wayne Johnson (6-0 DE, Seattle (Wash.)-O’Dea), Cameron Kendall (5-10 CB, Olympia, Wash.), Casey Kendall (5-11 CB, Olympia, Wash.), Bowen McConville (6-1 DE, 235, Burien, (Wash.)-Kennedy Catholic), Robert Meadors (6-0 R, Vancouver (Wash.)-Heritage), Kees Metselaar (6-2 P/K, Port Orchard (Wash.)-South Kitsap), Reace Mok (5-7 RB, Richmond-Hugh Boyd), Isaac Muckian (6-0 LB, Olympia, Wash.); Jason Nelson (5-9 RB, Tracy, Cal., San Joaquin Delta), Drew Nicholson (6-2 LB, Bothell, Wash.), Devin O’Hea (6-1 R, North Vancouver-Argyle), Tyler Oliver (5-11 R, Tacoma (Wash.)-Stadium), Lucas Sabau (5-10 RB, New Westminster); Justin Seiber (6-3 QB, Covington (Wash.)-Kentwood), Jacob Wade (5-11 DB, Anchorage-Robert Service), Shane Ward (5-11 LB, Spanaway (Wash.)-Rogers),  Tyler Wood (6-3 OL, Fresno (Cal.)- Sunnyside, Fresno City College)

DIV. 3

BETHANY

Jacob Van Luven (6-3 TE/LB, North Delta-Seaquam)

NAIA

DAKOTA STATE

Robert Savage (5-10 DE, North Vancouver-Handsworth)

(We put the call out in May for submissions for the 13th annual B.C. Recruits List, but if you didn’t know and would like to see an update made, email us at howardtsumura@gmail.com with all of the information: Name, sport, high school, university, position and height. All are required.)

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