Three more U Sports players have been invited to participate in the College Gridiron Showcase (CGS).
Offensive guard Peter Nicastro, offensive tackle Tyler Packer, and linebacker Charlie Moore will be given the opportunity to travel to Fort Worth, Texas to perform in front of professional scouts. This will provide the trio with a chance to suit up for the first time since the U Sports season was cancelled in 2020.
Nicastro was a Canada West all-star in 2019 at guard, measuring in at six-foot-two and 305 pounds. His name is being mentioned as a potential riser in CFL draft circles as teams look to load up on offensive line talent — especially with a number of NCAA blockers potentially opting out until 2022.
Packer started the Vanier Cup for the Dinos at right tackle, helping the team defeat the Montreal Carabins by a score of 27-13. The six-foot-six, 330-pounder was named the Canada West Rookie of the Year in 2017.
Moore put up 77 tackles, 11.5 tackles for loss, three forced fumbles, one sack, and one interception in 17 games with the Dinos. He brings nice size at six-foot-three and 220 pounds and projects as a solid CFL special teamer and rotational defender.
Two Canadians have already agreed to participate in the CGS in the University of Calgary’s Grant McDonald and the University de Montreal’s Pier-Olivier Lestage.
The CGS is scheduled for January 17-21 and will look to help fill the void left by a disrupted college and university football season.
A number of Canadians selected in the 2020 CFL draft attended the event, including Western kicker/punter Marc Liegghio, Simon Fraser receiver/tight end Rysen John, Fort Hays State kicker/punter Dante Brown, and UBC defensive back Stavros Katsantonis.