Joe Dutton wanted to remain at home and enjoy the benefits of his mother’s cooking. Head Coach Wayne Harris and the University of Calgary Dinos are thankful for that. The 6’3”, 195 lbs. linebacker from St. Francis High School has signed a Canadian Interuniversity Sport Letter of Intent to play for the Dinos in 2017. Dutton joins current St. Francis teammates, quarterback Cole Belway and offensive lineman Logan Bandy who have also committed to the Dinos.
“I wanted to stay in Calgary, play with the players I played with as a kid and stay at home with my mother’s cooking,” stated Dutton who has been a two year starter for the defending City and Provincial 4A Champion Browns.
“I felt the combination of education and football excellence made it the best choice to commit to the Dinos. They have enjoyed tremendous success the past few years and I am excited to help contribute to that continued success,” Dutton stated elaborating on his decision to remain in Calgary..
From a football family, Joe’s grandfather Tom Dutton was a stalwart defensive lineman for the University of Saskatchewan Huskies in the late 1960’s and also played for the Saskatoon Hilltops, while his father Paul, played for the Huskies in 1991 and 1992.
Joe brings an impressive list of credentials to the Dinos. He was a member of the Alberta U18 team for two years and was captain of the Canadian team that participated in the International Bowl in Arlington, Texas in February 2016. He was a two time all-star in the Calgary Midget League (2015 and 2016) for the Cowboys that were coached by Tony Spoletini and Al Cooper, and a Calgary High School all-star in 2015 playing for Tyler Park.
Dutton is currently ranked in the CFC Top 100 and was pursued by every school in Canada West as well as Queen’s and McGill.
“Joe Dutton is one of the top linebackers in the country. He has size, speed and instincts to be a top level CIS player,” states Dinos recruiting coordinator and Coach Matt Berry.
Dutton is the son of Paul and Jenn Kelly and plans to take Education courses at the University of Calgary.