From Bisons to Blue

KIRK PENTON -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 10:37 AM ET

Five short years ago, Oak Park Raiders star linebacker Cory Huclack was voted Manitoba's top high school football player in the Sun's annual coaches poll.

Now, following in the footsteps of his father Dan, he's a Winnipeg Blue Bomber.

Huclack, along with his University of Manitoba Bisons teammate, fullback Neil Fulgueras, signed with the CFL club yesterday.

Huclack said it is "a dream come true" to sign with the hometown team for which his father once played. It's something he never imagined would happen back when he was a menace in the middle for Oak Park.

"No, not at all. Not at all," Huclack said yesterday. "I just went to university and played ball, and things worked out for the better.

"My whole goal was to get to a camp, never mind get to a camp in your hometown. It's pretty nice. I'm pretty excited about it."

Huclack was the Canada West defensive player of the year and a CIS second team All-Canadian last season. The 23-year-old, who is 6-feet, 210 pounds, is second on Manitoba's all-time tackle list with 168 and sixth in career interceptions with 10.

"It's obviously going to be special teams (where he would make the Bombers), and being the long snapper for our team last year, I've been working on that," Huclack said. "Hopefully that'll work to my benefit."

Dan Huclack was a Bomber fullback from 1980 to 1984. Cory said pops is pretty proud these days.

"He's pretty happy that he'll be able to come out and watch here," Cory said.

Fulgueras, 27, had 18 receptions for 395 yards in 2006. The 5-foot-11, 230-pound Port Coquitlam, B.C., native also had 13 carries for 54 yards and three touchdowns, and chipped in with 22 special team tackles.

"I'm going to just do whatever I can to make that roster and do the best I can to fill in the gaps they need," Fulgueras said.

Bombers GM Brendan Taman said Huclack and Fulgueras were signed not because they're Bisons. The draft pool is shallow this year, he said, and the duo is as good as anything else out there.

"It isn't very strong depth-wise this year, so if those kids were draft eligible this year they'd definitely be drafted," Taman said.

"... We want them and expect them to make our team. Whether or not they do, that's going to be up to them."

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