Golden Hawks' Gittens Jr. tops list of four OUA players in CFL Scouting Bureau ranks

Photo by Charity Matheson
Photo by Charity Matheson

TORONTO – The Canadian Football League (CFL) Scouting Bureau revealed on Thursday its first edition of the top 20 prospects eligible for the 2019 CFL Draft.

Tennessee defensive lineman and Surrey, B.C. native Jonathan Kongbo tops the list, highlighting the first of three rankings to be published between now and the 2019 CFL Draft.

Among the list-makers are four players from Ontario University Athletics (OUA), highlighted by reigning OUA Most Valuable Player Kurleigh Gittens Jr. from the Laurier Golden Hawks at #13. Gittens Jr.'s teammate, DL Robbie Smith, checks in at #15, while Ottawa Gee-Gees DB Jamie Harry comes in two spots later at #17. Rounding out the OUA contingent is a key member of the Vanier Cup winning Western Mustangs' defence, Fraser Sopik, who ranks 19th.

The CFL’s Scouting Bureau is comprised of CFL scouts, player personnel directors and general managers from the league’s nine teams. The next edition of the list comes in December, followed by the final list in April following the National Scouting Combine.

Rank Name Position School Hometown
1 Jonathan Kongbo DL Tennessee Surrey, B.C.
2 Mathieu Betts DL Laval Montreal, QC
3 Hergy Mayala REC Connecticut Montreal, QC
4 Shane Richards OL Oklahoma St. Calgary, AB
5 Justin McInnis REC Arkansas St. Pierrefonds, QC
6 Dejon Brissett REC Richmond Mississauga, ON
7 Brady Oliveira RB North Dakota Winnipeg, MB
8 Zach Wilkinson OL Northern Colorado Vancouver, B.C
9 Alex Fontana OL Kansas Toronto, ON
10 Alexandre Savard REC Laval Quebec, QC
11 Maleek Irons RB Ohio Chilliwack, B.C.
12 Samuel Thomassin OL Laval Quebec, QC
13 Kurleigh Gittens Jr. REC Laurier Ottawa, ON
14 Kaion Julien Grant REC St. Francis Xavier Toronto, ON
15 Robbie Smith DL Laurier Brampton, ON
16 Jamel Lyles RB Manitoba Surrey, B.C.
17 Jamie Harry DB Ottawa Lachine, QC
18 Maurice Simba OL Concordia Laval, QC
19 Fraser Sopik LB Western Toronto, ON
20 Michael O’Connor QB UBC Orleans, ON


Source: CFL

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