The next chapter of Dylan Ainsworth's football career will be taking him to the CFL heartland.
The defensive end from Tsawwassen was selected 11th overall by the Saskatchewan Roughriders in Tuesday's college draft. Ainsworth was considered a top CFL prospect after three productive years at the University of Western Ontario where he earned CIS Second Team All-Canadian honours last season.
"I have heard (about their fans) but I don't think I really know what I am getting myself into until I actually go there," said Ainsworth who watched the draft from his Tsawwassen home with family and friends.
Ainsworth grew up in the South Delta Rams community program before heading across the street to South Delta Secondary where he helped the Sun Devils win their first-ever B.C. championship in 2008. A year later he was a provincial all-star and would head to Western with teammate Sam Livingston.
He still has two years of CIS eligibility but is close to finishing his degree and will immediately turn pro.