The top end of the latest edition of the CFL prospect rankings is packed with players from American college football.
Four of the top five players on the list, including top-ranked Jonathon Kongbo of the Tennesee Volunteers, play in the NCAA. Nine of the top 11 are also suiting up in the U.S. and the other two players are from powerhouse USports program Laval.
Overall 11 of the 20 players on the list play their college ball in Canada.
Kongbo has played two seasons with Volunteers, appearing in 24 games and making 12 starts. The Surrey B.C. native has collected 40 tackles, 3.5 sacks and an interception he returned 59 yards for a touchdown.
The list also includes a Canadian quarterback: UBC pivot Michael O’Connor at No. 20.
Laval defensive lineman Mathieu Betts, a Montreal native, was the No. 2 prospect. The six-foot-three, 250-pound Betts has appeared in 24 games over three seasons with the Rouge et Or, recording 73 tackles, 26 1/2 sacks and four forced fumbles.
Betts was Canadian university football’s top rookie in 2015 and twice its outstanding lineman (2016-17). He’s the first player ever to capture the rookie and lineman awards over the course of his career.
UConn receiver Hergy Mayala, also of Montreal, took the No. 3 spot. The six-foot-two receiver has started 23-of-31 games over three seasons with the Huskies and was their leading receiver as a junior with 43 catches for 615 yards and seven touchdowns.
Calgary native Shane Richards, a six-foot-eight, 336-pound offensive lineman at Oklahoma State, was ranked fourth. Richards is entering his third season with the Cowboys and is listed as their starting right guard.
Justin McInnis, of Pierrefonds, Que., held down the fifth spot. The Arkansas State receiver has 59 catches for 883 yards and five touchdowns over two seasons with the Red Wolves.
Rounding out the top 10 were Richmond receiver Dejon Brissett of Mississauga, Ont., North Dakota running back Brady Oliveira of Winnipeg, North Colorado offensive lineman Zach Wilkinson of Vancouver, Kansas offensive lineman Alex Fontana of Toronto and Laval receiver Alexandre Savard of Quebec City.
– with files from CP