As soon as the next wave of CFL stars leave the testing field in Toronto on March 28th, they’ll be giving way to their hopeful university replacements.
Immediately following the CFL National Combine, 70 Southern and Central Ontario high schoolers will flock to the University of Toronto Bubble to earn a spot in CanadaFootballChat.com’s 2nd annual Prospect Game. The selection camp will be one of six held across the country for players born in 2003 and 2004. Another 40 players born in 2005 and 2006 will attend to earn a spot in a CFC Youth Game.
The CFC Prospect Game broke new ground in 2019 when the showcase of Canada’s top high school was broadcast nationally on TSN. It marked the first time a high school prospect game was televised on a national network. Farhan Lalji and Duane Forde delivered the call in Ottawa, while Henry Burris and Matt Dunigan served as head coaches for the two All-Star squads.
Attendees at the selection camp will undergo the same athletic testing as CFL prospects, as well as participating in individual position drills and competitive periods. The roster for the game will be determined by a 33-person panel of led by CFC Director Clint Uttley.
The selection camp will feature at least 4 returnees from last year’s game and at least one name familiar to CFL fans. Chad Owens Jr, son of the former Most Outstanding Player and Toronto Argonauts legend, will be one of the players competing.
Launched in 2013 as a membership subscription service, CanadaFootballChat.com has positioned itself as Canada’s top recruiting tracker. Since 2014, they’ve produced the CFC100, an annual list of the top Canadian high schoolers eligible for college recruitment. The 2019 CFL Draft had 30 CFC100 alumni selected.