The King of Queen’s: Kwemo puts pro ability on display

WayMo – like the Trinidad James rap song – is coming from Kwemo.

That would be Queen’s star linebacker Nelkas Kwemo. He moves as fluently as “WayMo Kwemo” rolls off the lips, which was on display during Queen’s Homecoming win against York: 3.5 tackles, two tackles for loss and one sack. Kwemo flashed impressive athletic ability on a number of occasions.

On back-to-back York drives in the first quarter, in particular, Kwemo showed he’s comfortable in pass coverage, following the quarterback’s eyes he fell back in a route behind him, tipped a pass up in the air for a teammate to intercept. Then the next series he effortlessly floated back in coverage, jumped and intercepted a ball of his own returning it 22 yards to set up a Gaels touchdown.

Kwemo is a smooth athlete who can turn his hips naturally. Athletically he’s the best player on Queen’s roster. In high school, Kwemo played quarterback, receiver, returner and linebacker. For the Gaels, he’s a captain, stud defender and ace special teams player who has an instinctual ability to find the football. He was included in our top 10 USports prospects to watch before the season began and he’s climbed the rankings since.

(Photo credit: Ian MacAlpine)

The Montreal, Quebec native would be a great fit with the Alouettes, he’s bilingual and local. Kwemo has some traits that remind scouts of Chris Ackie who was a versatile defensive player at Wilfrid Laurier that was drafted fourth overall by Montreal in the 2015 CFL draft – Ackie put up freakish testing numbers for fly up the board in his draft year. Of course, general manager Kavis Reed would have to acquire Kwemo through the draft and it could require a higher pick than originally thought to secure his services.

Justin Dunk is a football insider, sports reporter and anchor.