Okanagan Sun sign prospects

The Okanagan Sun have signed four more players who attended spring camp earlier this month.

The Okanagan Sun have signed four more players who attended spring camp earlier this month.

Head coach Shane Beatty locked up a pair of linebackers, a safety and a kicker for the upcoming B.C. Football Conference season.

Layne Hull, a 6-foot-1, 190-pound linebacker from the Yorkton Regional High School Raiders of Saskatchewan, says his mom is nervous about him leaving home to play Junior A football.

“She will get over it and it will give mom and dad a reason to get away from the farm and come watch me play in the Okanagan for a holiday,” said the 19-year-old Hull, who joins Stephen Hochstein, 17, of the Pincher Creek Mustangs as new linebackers in Kelowna.

Said Beatty: “Hull is a rangy linebacker, a bit light right now, like Stephen. But he is another kid who came in and played bigger than what his size indicates he would be able to do.”

Corde Delinte, an 18-year-old from Pincher Creek, was a multi-position player in Alberta high school but makes the full-time switch to safety this season.

Beatty on Delinte: “Corde came in and did a good job at camp. He has some room to grow physically in the next year or two but I see a lot of potential in him. He can play safety or corner for us as well. That will be big in the long run.”

Tyler Deighton, 18, kicked for Chinook Coyotes in Lethbridge last year. He is a converted soccer player, whose family has only been in Canada from England since 2006 (Deighton only played football his last two years of high school).

Beatty on Deighton: “Tyler did a good job at camp. At first I was a little skeptical because he had been out of high school and he came in a bit cold on Saturday. But on Sunday he came in and did great, well over 40-yard range in field goals. Plus he is a good punter as well so getting someone who can do both is huge.”

The Sun season kicks off Saturday, July 27 versus the Valley Huskers of Chilliwack at the Apple Bowl.