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Thursday, June 30, 2016

RIDERS SIGN JOSIAH ST. JOHN

Sue Agroki/Associated Press
REGINA — After a lengthy contract negotiation that lasted the entirety of training camp, it looks as though the Saskatchewan Roughriders have come to an agreement with offensive lineman Josiah St. John.  The first overall pick in the CFL Draft was the favourite to headline the selection process last May but was unable to come to terms with the Riders until now, according to the Voice of the Roughriders Rod Pedersen.

Roughriders Assistant V.P. of Player Personnel revealed on 620 CKRM Radio that St. John had in fact signed with Saskatchewan on Wednesday.  TSN's Gary Lawless later reported the deal is for three years.

The 6-foot-6, 309-pound tackle from Ajax, Ont. is a potential cornerstone for the Riders, a franchise taken over and rebuilt from the ground up by Chris Jones and his staff this off-season.

Highly touted for his size and ability to play tackle, something few other offensive linemen in the draft can offer, St. John was the fifth-ranked player on the April CFL Scouting Bureau rankings and the top-ranked offensive lineman.

After redshirting his first season at Oklahoma in 2013, St. John played in eight of 13 games his first season in 2014. In 2015 he played seven games and took over the starting right tackle spot on Sept. 12 at Tennessee.

A four-star recruit coming out of high school, he started the next three games for Oklahoma at tackle, increasing his stock as a high-ranked CFL prospect.

(With files from CFL.ca)

7 comments:

Keith Pottruff said...

This is great! Murphy and Jones knew what he was worth and made the deal! Now let's get him n the field!

Victor Isted said...

Time to see if he live up to the hype of being drafted #1.

Bradford Kruger said...

Nice to see that he realized his true worth will come out after showing what he can do.

Welcome to the Riders JSJ!

David Anderson said...

Excellent - Hope they have him here tonight to start soaking up the atmosphere

tskware said...

Posting should have focussed more on who reported it when. That's what we came here to read.

Rod Pedersen said...

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Bradford Kruger said...

I don't care who posted what first, as long as it is reliable and I don't miss out on the news.