The Saskatchewan Roughriders have signed national offensive lineman Josiah St. John to a one-year contract for the 2020 season, per sources.
The 27-year-old was selected No. 1 overall in the 2016 CFL draft by the Riders and played three seasons in Regina suiting up in 22 games. The Riders elected not to re-sign St. John before or during free agency in 2019.
St. John returns to the Riders after finishing last season with the Edmonton Eskimos. He suited up in the East Final on November 17. He also spent time with the Toronto Argonauts and B.C. Lions.
The Toronto native – Pickering High School graduate – went the junior collegiate route, Fresno City College and Trinity Valley Community College each for a year. He chose to attend the University of Oklahoma after many NCAA scholarship offers from other major Division I NCAA programs such as Kansas, Baylor, Arizona State, Arkansas, Florida State, Mississippi, Oregon State, Texas A&M, Texas Tech and West Virginia.
After redshirting in 2013, St. John played in 13 games as a junior, seven as a senior including four starts for the Sooners. Then-head coach and general manager Chris Jones was enamoured with the pedigree St. John had and chose the six-foot-five, 309-pounder with the first choice.
Following the draft, the six-foot-five, 309-pounder said he would hold out until the regular season and then asked for a trade. He eventually inked a three-year contract with Saskatchewan in July 2016.
St. John provides the Riders with depth and national experience along the offensive front.