By: Ian Denomme
Western has a very impressive list of recruits
who will have an immediate impact on the team.
One of their prized recruits is former London
Catholic Central star running back Randy McAuley.
McAuley was one of the most heavily recruited players in all
of Canada and turned down a scholarship at Penn to play at Western.
McAuley has the potential to become one of the best running
backs ever at Western.
Joining McAuley in the back field are running
backs Nick Kordic (Northern Secondary School,
Toronto), Jason Rhodes (Frontenac SS, Kingston)
and Mike Molyneux (De La Salle College, Toronto).
The offensive line will be bolstered by the
addition of 6'2", 280 lb. CCH grad Andrew Hill
and 6'5", 275 lb. Scott Nason from Vancouver.
The receiving core will be improved by Jordan Symonds
(Lorne Park SS, Mississauga), Ryan Clutterbuck
(Toronto Northern SS, Toronto) and Dave Clayton
(General Amherst HS, Amherstburg).
On defense, the Mustangs have a group of recruits
who’ll need to have an immediate impact.
Linebacker Brent Shabley
(Chatham-Kent SS, Chatham) was one of the top recruits in the
country and will contribute immediately. Another London native,
Chris Ullerick, a South Secondary School graduate,
was a highly recruited player who has a chance to start at safety
Other important defensive freshmen include
Tom Dolezel (Oakridge SS, London) and Kofi
Attuah (Lakeshore HS, Port Colborne).
Haylor said although many of the freshmen
won't start, they'll be asked to contribute significant minutes
and do whatever possible to help the team.
Former teammates McAuley and Hill said there
is stiff competition and no guarantees.
"There are lots of good freshmen and
everyone is fighting for jobs," McAuley said.
"We just have to give it all and make
the other players play harder," Hill added.