The University of Calgary football Dinos continues to make inroads into the Central Okanagan in building their roster.
Head Coach Wayne Harris confirmed that defensive end Josh Hyer has signed a Canadian Interuniversity Sport Letter of Intent to attend the University of Calgary in the fall of 2017. Hyer, who will graduate from Vernon Secondary School in this coming June joins fellow Panther alum, linebacker Carson Labrecque on the roster. Labrecque joined the Dinos this past year but is being redshirted due to injury in 2016.
“Josh has been on our radar for the past couple of years. He was at our development camp this past summer. I have had the opportunity to watch him live a few times the past three years,” states recruiting coordinator Matt Berry. “He comes from an excellent program under Coach Sean Smith at VSS,” Berry added.
Harris was present for the signing of the 6’3”, 235 lbs. Hyer at Vernon Secondary School in early October.
Hyer plans to study business courses at the University of Calgary.
“I liked the chemistry with the coaches and players at the University of Calgary and felt welcome,” stated the 17-year old Hyer who was the Dinos summer camp in early August. “Calgary was a good match and was the top school on my list,” Hyer stated who was approached by other schools but made it known he wanted to play for the Dinos.
"Josh is an outstanding athlete. He's been at our summer camps and we noticed his ability to get off the ball. He uses his hands well and runs to the ball well. He reminds us of Cory Robinson, who is an all-Canadian on our team right now. He's got the same skill set coming out of high school,” states Harris.
“I owe a lot to my family and Coach Smith,” stated Hyer who has an older brother that plays safety for the Kamloops Broncos in the British Columbia Football Conference.
Josh is the son of James Hyer and Heid Astin.