WATERLOO, Ont. (March 1, 2013) - Head Coach Michael Faulds, recruiting coordinator Dwayne Cameron and the Wilfrid Laurier football program is pleased to announce the first group of recruits who have committed to the Golden Hawks for the 2013 season.
In total, more than 20 players have given their commitment to Laurier thanks to a new push in recruiting by the Golden Hawks that has seen Coaches Faulds and Cameron travel across the province to personally sign each athlete to a letter of intent.
"We have worked really hard as a staff to assemble a great recruiting class thus far," said Faulds on the student-athletes they have signed. "By no means is this recruiting class finished, but we are extremely happy that these young student-athletes have chosen Wilfrid Laurier University to further their education and play football."
"This group is comprised of some of the best high school football players from across Ontario. We have not solely focused on any one position, but rather on recruiting the best available student-athletes," added Faulds.
The group, which features a balance of talent on both sides of the football, is highlighted by a couple of high-end student-athletes on the offensive and defensive lines. Leading the offensive line recruits are Edward Cadougan and Luke Reeves. Cadougan, who currently attends Senator O'Connor College School, is a 6-1, 280 lbs., guard who is athletic, powerful and finishes his blocks. According to Cameron, he is a leader on and off the field and will make an immediate impact with the team upon his arrival on campus.
Joining Cadougan on the offensive line is 6-4 Luke Reeves out of London's Oakridge Secondary. A significant addition to the centre position, Reeves possesses ideal size and can snap the ball effectively both under centre and in a shot gun formation. Cameron sees Reeves as an individual who possess a great deal of potential who can play immediately with the Hawks.
Also joining Laurier on the offensive line next season will be 6-1, 255 lbs., Brock Vandermeer (Uxbridge Secondary) and 6-3, 260 lbs., Chad Harwood (Our Lady of Mount Carmel Secondary).
Moving over to the defensive line, Eric McCormick, a local product from Jacob Hespeler Secondary, and Kwaku Boateng (Bishop Reding Secondary), highlight a group of five student-athletes at the position. McCormick, standing 6-4 and weighing 275 lbs., is a very aggressive player who possesses excellent fundamentals and ideal size according to Cameron. It is expected that he will compete for a dress spot on the roster early in his career. As for Boateng, Cameron describes him as an explosive defensive end prospect who will be a dominant edge pass rusher. At 6-2, 210 lbs., Boateng runs a 4.7 second 40 yard dash and will be effective on special teams coverage.
Three other athletes will also join Laurier on the defensive line in 2013 including Andrew Richards (Richview Collegiate), Alex Zamin (Resurrection Catholic Secondary) and Alex Casella (Niagara Academy).
Back on offence, the purple and gold have recruited seven receivers and a tight end to their team for next season. Highlighting this group is 5-11, 197 lbs., receiver Marcus Arkarakas out of King City Secondary. Described by Cameron as a dynamic offensive threat, Arkarakas is projected as an inside slot receiver who has the ability to break tackles to gain all-important yards after the catch.
Also joining the Golden Hawks will be Anthony Pizzuti, a current member of the Hamilton Hurricanes of the Candian Junior Football League (CJFL). The 6-1, 210 lbs., wideout made 43 catches for 836 yards and nine touchdowns in his first season with the Hurricanes last year.
Along with Arkarakas and Pizzuti, Laurier has also recruited Anthony Powless (Assumption College School), Tudor Berteian (Christ the King Catholic Secondary), Andrew VanKooten (Assumption College School), Nathaniel Rouse (Richview Collegiate), Nick Adjei (Richview Collegiate) and Matt Davidson (Jacob Hespler Secondary).
Rounding out the offensive recruits is Haydn Gaskill-Cadwallader, a 5-11, 200 lbs., running back from Christ the King Catholic Secondary in Georgetown.
Back over on the defensive side of the ball, the Hawks have added four linebackers, including Shalmar Walters (Bishop Reding Secondary), Brandon Calver (A. B. Lucas Secondary), Derek Vos (J.F. Ross Collegiate) and Nic Constantin (Richview Collegiate). As well, Laurier has also loaded up on defensive backs with Damon Morgan (Assumption College School), Jordan Samek (Westdale Secondary), Ronald Kinga (St. James Catholic), Austin Spilotro (King City Secondary) and Cordelle Walden (St. Marguerite D'Youville Secondary) all joining the team next season.