The Okanagan Sun got a lot bigger and, in the estimation of head coach Shane Beatty, a whole lot better with the commitments of two more Winnipeg products for the 2013 B.C. Football Conference season.
Six-foot-five quarterback Theo Deezar and 6-foot-6 receiver Zach Regert will both be in Kelowna next month for the Okanagan Sun’s main training camp.
Deezar, a redshirt last season at the University of Manitoba, was one of the most sought after pivots across the west this spring, including by the rival Vancouver Island Raiders.
Deezar led his high school team, St. Paul’s, to the Manitoba title in 2011.
“Theo is a huge signing for us,” said coach Shane Beatty. “He is a 6-foot-5, 225-pound quarterback who has the arm strength to throw the ball on all the routes anywhere on the field. “
Deezar is the second grad of the prestigious private Catholic school to join the club this season, joining linebacker Lucas Machado who committed to the Sun earlier this spring.
Deezar had moved up to No. 2 on the Manitoba depth chart this season, but opted for junior football in Kelowna.
Beatty feels his club is fortunate to have locked up Deezar:
“He had a great camp at the University of Manitoba last month,” Beatty said. “They really wanted him to stay there. I understand he was pushing hard, he was pushing (Jordan) Yantz hard there. I’m just really, really happy to get him.
“Theo is going to have the opportunity to come in here and fight for the number one position,” Beatty added.
Deezar, 19, looks forward to playing a key role with the Sun.
“Anytime you come to a team you have to battle to earn a position. I`m just going to come in and compete to prove what kind of quarterback I am,” Deezar said. “I will see where I stand after this season.”
One of Deezar’s big targets could be Regert, a 6-foot-6, 235-pound receiver, who was redshirt for the University of Manitoba last season, after playing at Sturgeon Heights Collegiate in Winnipeg in 2011.
In his final year go high school, Regert made 35 catches for 639 yards and 11 touchdowns.
Regert, who attended the club’s spring camp last month, was impressed by both the team and the city.
“It’s beautiful and unbelievable,” he said. “The Sun is a great overall fit for me. It’s a great program with great tradition.”
Regert, 18, would be one of the tallest receivers ever to play for the orange and brown in the club’s 32-year history.
The Sun’s main training camp begins July 5.