Even while in the deep south of the United States, John Metchie III plays with Canadian pride.
The Brampton native has emerged as a star for the University of Alabama in his sophomore season. Through six games, Metchie III has 24 receptions for 517 yards and three touchdowns, averaging 21.5 yards per catch.
“I definitely feel prideful about being from Canada and just being a kid from Canada given the chance to play here at Alabama, I’m extremely grateful for it and I definitely don’t take it for granted,” Metchie III said in a videoconference.
Following his second 150-plus yard performance this season, Metchie III was added to The Biletnikoff Award watch list. The award recognizes the NCAA’s most outstanding receiver each season. Actual, not potential, production is the basis for inclusion.
“Personally, I just keep my head down and keep working because I feel like there’s still a long ways to go as far as personal goals,” Metchie III said.
“For me I just keep working and hopefully one day I can look back and see that I made an impact on kids from Canada, and the sport what it means over there.”
Head coach Nick Saban has his Crimson Tide in national championship contention yet again with Metchie III as a key playmaker. Alabama is 6-0 and rated No. 2 in the NCAA just mere ranking points behind Clemson for top spot.
“I just want to show kids from Canada that they can really do anything they put their mind to especially if they want to play football at the highest level,” Metchie III said.
“Alabama is one of those places that you come here if you love competition. That helped me grow a lot. It also helped me see the potential and what I could possibly achieve.”
The defending College Football Playoff champion Louisiana State University is the next opponent on the schedule, which will be another opportunity for Metchie III to shine in prime time on Saturday night, November 14.