Football Marauders add a building block

O'Henly 3Sometimes good things are worth waiting for, and for McMaster football coach Stefan Ptaszek the wait to have highly touted recruit Tyler O’Henly commit to the Marauders was something he could endure.

Widely considered one of the best offensive line prospects in Ontario, O’Henly made his commitment to the Marauders prior to last week’s McMaster Football Gala, after a thorough process that included him considering recruiting interest from other Canadian and U.S. programs.

McMaster offensive coordinator Jon Behie knows a strong line is the foundation of a successful offense and expects O’Henly to be a key building block.

“We are excited that Tyler has chosen to work towards a degree at McMaster and join the 2013 Marauder recruiting class,” said Behie. “He is a big body who has received excellent coaching throughout his high school and OVFL career.”

Graduating from Mother Teresa Catholic Secondary School in London, his high school coach, Kevin Barnes, is a McMaster alumnus and former football Marauder.

Standing 6-foot-6 and weighing 290 lbs., O’Henly has been a winner at every level of his football development. He played for the Ontario Varsity Football League Champion London Jr. Mustangs in 2012, and was a member of Team Ontario-West that took the bronze medal at the 2012 Canada Cup.

Behie believes O’Henly has what it takes to make an impact. “Having gotten to know Tyler and his family through the recruiting process, I believe I can state with complete confidence they’re a perfect example of who we want joining our McMaster football family.”

O’Henly becomes a member of a well-regarded group of Marauder offensive line recruits that includes: Nick Firlit, Rico Palcich, Josh Lolli, Ben Howlett, and Lorand Szotoryi.