Huskies Introduce Recruiting Class of 2016

University of Saskatchewan Huskie football head coach Brian Towriss announced 29 new faces to the squad for the 2016 season Thursday at the 16th Annual Dogs’ Breakfast.

This year’s recruiting class features some of the best high school and junior football players in the province and Western Canada.

“We are really looking forward to seeing what our guys are able to do on the field this weekend,” said Towriss. “Spring camp gives us the great opportunity to evaluate our incoming talent as they are introduced to our schemes and it gives our veterans the chance to show off all of the hard work they put in throughout the offseason.”

The Huskies add plenty of championship experience with back-to-back Canadian Junior Football League champion Saskatoon Hilltops All-Canadian receiver Chad Braun, All-Canadian offensive lineman Matt Kozun, PFC All-Star Evan Kopchynski, linebacker Quinn Pierce, defensive back Tyler Sieffert and offensive lineman Nick Summach joining the squad.

Also suiting up for the Huskies with junior football experience is running back Colton Klassen and receiver Casey Long. Klassen was an All-Canadian and PFC Offensive Player of the Year with the Regina Thunder. Long played for the Calgary Colts.

While continuing to add plenty of homegrown talent the Huskies were able to lock up plenty of Canada’s top players with six of their recruits suiting up for the U18 National Team.

By the numbers…

The Huskies continue to add plenty of homegrown talent with 21 of their 29 recruits playing their high school football in Saskatchewan.

The Huskies added 6 recruits from Alberta and 2 from British Columbia in this year’s class.

Saskatchewan added plenty of blue chip recruits, signing 6 members of the U18 National Team that went 2-0 at the International Bowl in Texas in February.

Sledding through a tough Canada West schedule, the green and white made sure they have a veteran presence. Of the newest members, 8 have CJFL experience with 4 being named PFC All-Stars.

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The Huskies added some depth at the quarterback position with commitments from U18 National Team member and Canada Cup MVP Mason Nyhus out of Regina (Riffel) and Abbotsford, B.C. product Noah Deitrich (WJ Mouat).

A pair of out of province running backs will join the 2016 team. Austin Ferronato a 5-11 back from Calgary, Alta (Robert Thirsk) and Isaac Rogers a Prince George, B.C. (P.G. Secondary) standout will join Klassen, the PFC Offensive Player of the Year, in the Huskies’ backfield.

PFC All-Stars Chad Braun (Saskatoon) and Evan Kopchynski (Prince Albert) will look to make an impact right away in the Huskie receiving corps. An influx of youth in the group will also challenge for some playing time as they look to make a difference in spring camp. Saskatoon’s Ben Getzlaf (Holy Cross), a U18 National Teamer and Canada Cup All-Star, will team up with Regina’s Finley Easton (Leboldus) after the lined up on opposite sidelines for the last two 5A Provincial Finals. Six man products Sam Baker from Esterhazy (Esterhazy) and Saskatoon’s Carter Dahl (Rosthern Junior College) will join former Calgary Colt Casey Long and Saskatoon native Malcolm Thakurdeen who played for the Notre Dame Hounds (Wilcox, Sask.) as new receivers for the Huskies.

In addition to two-time Canadian Bowl Champion Nick Summach (Saskatoon Hilltops) the Huskies added another local product in Chase Klassen (Centennial) up front along the offensive line. U18 standout Noah Zerr from Langenberg, Sask. (Yorkton Regional) and Calgary’s Mike Palumbo Jr. out of Calgary (Notre Dame) are a pair of young players with plenty of potential.

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On the other side of the line of scrimmage the Huskies will welcome four new defensive lineman. Matt Kozun, the seasoned veteran of the group who is a two-time CJFL All-Canadian and was at the Roughriders training camp in 2015, headlines a solid defensive line group. Saskatoon’s Nathan Cherry (Aden Bowman) and Regina’s Nicholas Dheilly (Leboldus) were both members of the U18 National Team who will also suit up for the Huskies in 2016 along with 4A 9-man provincial champion Brandon McKimmon (Warman).

A trio of new linebackers will be welcomed to the squad. Saskatoon’s Kyle Newton (Evan Hardy) and Okotoks, Alta. product Jonathan Leggett (Holy Trinity Academy) will join the experienced Quinn Pierce, fresh off his CJFL Championships with the Hilltops.

Saskatoon’s Tyler Seiffert (Saskatoon Hilltops) is one of four new faces in the Huskies defensive backfield. Joining Sieffert is U18 National Team member Josh Haggerty out of Regina’s Campbell Collegiate, as well as Warman’s Joel Seiferling and Calgary’s Colin Ferronato (Robert Thirsk) who will join his brother Austin on the team.