Receiver Rashaun Simonise was in camp with the Cincinnati Bengals.

Pitt Meadows high school football star goes from NFL camp to junior

In a rare trajectory for a football player, the former Pitt Meadows Marauder has gone from an NFL training camp to junior football

Despite being cut from his dream team, the sun still rose for Rashaun Simonise.

In a rare trajectory for a football player, the former Pitt Meadows Marauder has gone from an NFL training camp to junior football back in B.C.

The big receiver was cut by the Cincinnati Bengals just before the NFL season began last Thursday, and now he’ll be playing for the Okanagan Sun of the Canadian Junior Football League.

“We are pleased to add the stellar talent of Rashaun to our roster,” said Sun head coach Ben Macauley. “With NFL experience, he immediately impacts the league and draws defensive attention. He is also a dynamic returner with unmatched athleticism.

“While Rashaun has bigger things in store, we are happy he has chosen to finish the season with the Okanagan Sun family.”

Simonise, 21, is 6’5” and 200 pounds with pro-calibre speed. He played with the University of Calgary Dinos last season, putting up 1,079 receiving yards and 11 touchdowns in eight games, and was selected an All Canadian.

He was ruled ineligible to play in the CIS for academic reasons this season, and signed with the Bengals as a free agent.

In pre-season action he caught just two passes for 64 yards.

The next big step in his career is expected to be a selection in the first round of the CFL draft.

The Sun has had Simonise on its radar since Macauley recruited him as a senior at Vancouver College back in 2012.

With the help of Kyle Kuzek, a former Sun player who lives on the Lower Mainland, the Sun was able to get Simonese sealed and signed on Sunday night.

“Rashaun has certain goals and he wants to play at the highest level,” said Macauley. “Right now, winning a national championship is the first step for him, we were able come to an agreement and he’s really excited about joining us.

“He’s very passionate about football, he’ll bring a great work ethic and passion that will rub off on the other guys.”

– with files from Warren Henderson, Kelowna Capital News.

 

Just Posted

SPCA camps help kids unplug

‘Develop empathy skills.’

MacDuff’s Call: Pity the poor Maple Ridge motorist

Government to used to tapping into drivers’ wallets

Maple Ridge has resident excluded from Anita Place

Dwayne Martin has agreed to a timeline that will see him leave the encampment.

Letter: ‘More work to do on Highway 7’

‘But rock and ditches make it challenging.’

Looking Back: Searching for Pitt Lake gold

‘Facts and fantasy in the Legend of Slumach.’

Dog at Maple Ridge SPCA needs spinal surgery

Miniature pinscher has painful condition known as Wobbler Syndrome.

Victoria mom describes finding son ‘gone’ on first day of coroners inquest into overdose death

Resulting recommendations could change handling of youth records amidst the overdose crisis

Dash-cam video in trial of accused cop killer shows man with a gun

Footage is shown at trial of Oscar Arfmann, charged with killing Const. John Davidson of Abbotsford

Suicide confirmed in case of B.C. father who’d been missing for months

2018 disappearance sparked massive search for Ben Kilmer

Eight U.S. senators write to John Horgan over B.C. mining pollution

The dispute stems from Teck Resources’ coal mines in B.C.’s Elk Valley

Dinosaur statues from defunct Dinotown theme park stolen in Chilliwack

The dinosaur figures once graced the theme park but were destined for Chilliwack fundraiser

Threats charge against Surrey’s Jaspal Atwal stayed

Atwal, 64, was at centre of controversy in 2018 over his attendance at prime minister’s reception in India

Langley’s oldest and last strip bar shuts its doors

The Alder Inn, in operation since 1957, has reportedly been purchased

Anti-vaxxer Robert F. Kennedy Jr. to speak in Surrey

He’s keynote speaker at Surrey Environment and Business Awards luncheon by Surrey Board of Trade Sept. 17

Most Read