TORONTO -- A wild few months for Jermaine Gabriel has started to pay off.
After impressing in both the Regional and main CFL Combines enough to be selected in the 2013 CFL Draft, the Toronto Argonauts announced today that Gabriel, along with fellow draft picks Michael Di Domenico and Paul Spencer have signed contracts with the team.
"We are very happy to sign three of our draft picks and bring them to training camp. Jermaine Gabriel is a tremendous athlete who grew up near Toronto. He played one year for Calgary in the Canadian Junior Football League and was named the Prairie Conference MVP. We expect him to compete hard and be a solid contributor on special teams," said Argos GM Jim Barker.
"Michael Di Domenico is a big-body player who also comes from the Toronto area. He is a tough guy who we think can contribute on our offensive line and we're looking forward to seeing at training camp. Paul Spencer is a player that special teams coordinator Mike O'Shea is very interested in. He has the chance to be a strong contributor on special teams for the foreseeable future, and those types of athletes are very difficult to find," he continued.
Gabriel, a native of Scarborough, Ontario, was selected 17th overall in 2013 CFL Canadian draft. He was the first person in CFL history to be selected to move on from a regional combine to the national combine. Most recently, Gabriel played with the Calgary Colts of the CJFL where he was named the Prairie Conference MVP after recording 28 tackles and four interceptions.