Dylan Minshull set the Andy Currie Division single-season rushing record last season but may play at linebacker. (FILE PHOTO)
Dylan Minshull and Brandon Williams will be going from the Green and White in the Wheat City to the Green and Gold in the Queen City.
The Neelin High School students have officially committed to play for the University of Regina Rams next season, joining Neelin alumnus Connor Ketchen and Vincent Massey’s Michael Bright, who signed his letter of intent last month. The decision to commit to the Rams was pretty easy for both students as most of their other offers came from junior football programs, and Regina could offer something they couldn’t.
"Just the schooling and CIS is better football," Minshull said. "I thought I was ready for it, so I decided to sign it."
In Minshull, the Rams get a 5-foot-11 two-way player who set the Winnipeg High School Football League’s Andy Currie Division single-season rushing record with 1,430 yards last season. He ran for 11 touchdowns and hauled in five passes for 84 yards and two scores. Defensively, Minshull made eight tackles and one interception.
Despite dominating the Currie Division last season, Minshull may not be a running back with the Rams. Minshull, who is debating on whether to take police studies, business or kinesiology, has been told that if he can run fast enough then he has a chance to stay on the offensive side of the ball. If not, the Rams will look at using him at linebacker.
Regardless of what position he plays, Minshull said he’ll be happy.
"It’s always fun to play running back, but if they have a better person at it then they might as well let him play and I’ll try to build up a resumé at linebacker then," he said.
Williams, who’s 6-foot-2 and has played on both the defensive and offensive lines with the Spartans, is being recruited as an offensive tackle. Last season he had 30 1/2 tackles, two interceptions, one sack, two forced fumbles and a fumble recovery at defensive end.
He was also recruited by North Dakota’s Valley City State University and junior football teams in B.C., but chose Regina because of its academic program. He plans to study either kinesiology or history.
Williams also liked the idea of reuniting with Ketchen, who is heading into his second year with the Rams, and having a solid group of people from Brandon to be around.
"I’m pretty excited to play with Connor and now that Dylan and Mike are going, it will be a good experience," he said.
"Being familiar with players that will be on the same team as you really helps."
The Rams open their spring camp in Regina from May 3-5.
Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition March 8, 2013