Explosive running back Deonté Glover added to 2021 CFL Draft

Photo courtesy: Shepherd Athletics

The 2021 CFL Draft has added a tantalizing new prospect at the running back position in Deonté Glover.

The Maryland native qualifies as a national because his mother was born in Canada. He also spent five years north of the border as a child before settling in Inwood, West Virginia.

Glover was initially a walk-on at West Virginia but transferred to Shepherd University where he received athletic and academic scholarships.

He recorded 125 carries for 576 yards and five touchdowns in 2016, adding 10 receptions for 107 yards and two scores. His numbers dipped in 2017 and 2018 but exploded in his final season.

In 2019, Glover rushed for 1,349 yards and 19 touchdowns on 200 carries. He also made 34 receptions for 385 yards and three scores and returned 11 kickoffs for 354 yards and a touchdown. He recorded single-game highs of 220 rushing yards against East Stroudsburg and five touchdowns against Bloomburg. He was named First All-PSAC East and PSAC Fall Top Ten.

The five-foot-nine, 216-pound ball carrier recorded the following testing results prior to the COVID-19 lockdown in March 2020: 4.65 forty-yard dash; 4.39 shuttle; 6.88 three-cone; 36-inch vertical jump; nine-foot, six-inch broad jump; and 25 bench press reps.

The running back position lacks depth in the 2021 CFL Draft, particularly with Oklahoma State’s Chuba Hubbard being a lock to sign in the NFL. Glover is an intriguing addition capable of rocketing up team’s draft boards.

John Hodge is a Canadian football reporter based in Winnipeg.