Four players to attend 2018 CFL combines

Photos: Laurier Athletics

Jamie Howieson
Laurier Athletics

TORONTO, ON – Four members of the Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks men’s football team will have the opportunity to showcase their talents to CFL teams in the coming weeks as the league announced the participant lists for their regional and national combines on Monday.

Three Golden Hawks, including Godfrey Onyeka of Brampton, Ont., Isaiah Guzylak-Messam of Hamilton, and Rashari Henry of Ottawa, will attend the national combine during Mark’s CFL Week from March 24-25 in Winnipeg while Ron Kinga of Guelph, Ont., will look to earn an invitation to the national combine when he attends the Ontario regional combine on March 9 in Toronto.

Onyeka, a 6-2, 200-pound defensive back, headlines the list of Golden Hawks attending the national combine as he currently sits as the top-ranked U SPORTS prospect ahead of May’s CFL Draft. The arts student was simply dominant this past season, his fourth campaign with Laurier, tallying a team-high 42.5 tackles in eight league games, in addition to a pair of forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries, one sack and one interception. He was named a first-team all-Canadian for the third straight season after helping the 2016 OUA champion Golden Hawks make a return trip to the Yates Cup final.

Guzylak-Messam, a 6-3, 205-pound defensive back, caught the attention of CFL scouts with an excellent showing at the 2017 East West Bowl when he had one tackle for the West. He followed up that performance by earning OUA Second Team All-Star recognition after posting career-highs with 28 total tackles, seven knockdowns and two interceptions.

Henry, a 6-0, 260-pound defensive lineman, heads to the combine after a strong showing at last year’s East West Bowl. The economics major had his best season in 2017 for the purple and gold, recording 6.5 total tackles along with a sack and a knock down while patrolling Laurier’s vaunted defensive line.

As for Kinga, a 6-1, 200-pound defensive lineman, he’s been a steady presence for the Golden Hawks during his four year career. He will look to build on another strong 2017 campaign for Laurier at the Ontario regional combine after setting a new career-high with 22.5 tackles while adding one knockdown.

The combines will be the final opportunity for all four players to demonstrate their skills for CFL squads ahead of the May 3 CFL Draft live on TSN. will have exclusive coverage of the 2018 national combine with continuous live streaming of the showcase’s premier events, the Bench Press and 40-Yard Dash. All 1-on-1 player drills will be aired with analysts Marshall Ferguson, James Cybulski and Davis Sanchez bringing you all the action.

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