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Canadians getting involved in NCAA National Signing Day

TSN.ca Staff

2/6/2013 7:18:13 PM

It's National Signing Day in the NCAA, as the top high school seniors in North America are signing their letters of intent for NCAA college football programs.

Several Canadians are getting in on the action. 

The most heavily recruited Canadian high school player found a home in the NCAA. Offensive tackle David Knevel will suit up for Nebraska in the fall.

The Brantford, Ontario product is listed by ESPN as a four-star recruit with a grade of 80.

Knevel played his high school football at Pauline Johnson and was a member of the Brantford Bisons of the Ontario Varsity Football League.

Offensive tackle Josiah St. John from Pickering, Ontario also signed his Letter of Intent to play at The University of Oklahoma.

St. John mulled over 20 offers from NCAA Division 1 schools, but decided Oklahoma was the best fit for him.

"It is a little bit surreal... that I'm an Oklahoma Sooner. Can't wait to be on campus," said St. John, who listed as a four-star recruit, with a grade of 83. 

St. John was sold on Oklahoma by "the tradition and the opportunity to compete every day in practice and every weekend."

If St. John redshirts he'll be in the 2016 CFL draft class. If he doesn't, he'll be draft eligible in 2015 class.

Offensive guard Peter Godber from St. Andrew's College in Aurora, Ontario officially signed with Rice.

The 6'4, 290-pound lineman verbally committed in August and is a three-star recruit according to ESPN, with a grade of 76.

Godber becomes the eighth Canadian to join the Rice Owls since current Edmonton Eskimo Scott Mitchell went there in 2007.

Rice OL coach Ronnie Vinklarek coached CFL offensive line in Edmonton (2008) and Birmingham (1995). Owls assistant head coach Darrell Patterson played seven years for the Hamilton Tiger-Cats and Winnipeg Blue Bombers.

"In Texas, football is religion. Getting 30,000 plus at every single game will be so exciting for me," said Godber.

Offensive Guard Ryan Hunter made it official that he will be attending Bowling Green next season.

The 6'5, 320-pound lineman from North Bay, Ontario native played for Canisius High School.

"Moving five hours from home for two years of life, at 16, was a big step for me and my parents but definitely paid off today," explained Hunter.

Hunter got the attention of scouts when he was the offensive line MVP at the NUC five-star camp last summer.

Riley Feenan, an offensive tackle out of Delta, British Columbia confirmed his decision to join Robert Morris University.

The 6'7, 285 blocker is headed to Moon Township, Pennsylvania where the Colonials campus is located.

Former University of Toronto James Bodanis became the third OUA player since 2010 to transfer to the NCAA, signing on with the Michican State Spartans.
 
"I've only played 20 football games total in my life. Whole process is strange and surreal," said Bodanis.

Bodanis only played in one game in high school, six in the OVFL, and 14 in three years at U of T, but did enough to earn a chance with Michigan State.

"The way I see it, as long as I put the NFL as my goal, I'll always be the best I can be," said Bodanis. 

Justin Vaughn, who is projected as linebacker/defensive end, signed with the Fordham Rams.

Vaughn, a native of Hamilton, Ontario, is 6'5 and 245 pounds and credits his father for helping him develop into the player he has become.

"He'd make me do strides, footwork and agility until I couldn't work," stated Vaughn. "I'd just come home and fall asleep." 

In addition to today's chat, TSN Social Media host Kate McKenna is getting in touch with Canada's top prospects and sending out photos and tweets as they put pen to paper. Kate is also conducting interviews with some of the prospects with their reaction to the big day.