3 commits, including 2 CFC100s, take flight with Laurier

Golden Hawks add three Ontario commits to their 2019 class.

When looking at schools, Brady Loenhart, a running back from Holy Trinity Catholic High School, and CFC100s offensive lineman Matteo Kucinic and linebacker Ife Onyemenam from Football North Clarkson went with what felt right after committing to the Laurier Golden Hawks.

Brady Loenhart

Sometimes, you have to trust your instincts. “I chose to commit to Laurier simply because it turned out to be my best option, along with a very serious gut feeling that it was the right choice,” Brady Loenhart said. “On my visit to Laurier I noticed that the city of Waterloo really felt like a great potential home for me. It has such a great atmosphere filled with a ton of new people for me to meet.”

Turning his attention to football, Loenhart said it’s “an absolute no-brainer to want to be a part of” their program. “Truly impressive things are going on at Laurier and I hope to fit right in,” he added. “Playing on their football team will be a dream come true for me and I strive to be an influential member in one way or another.”

Courtesy of Brady Loenhart.

In high school, Loenhart said that school spirit “meant the world” to him. When he visited Laurier, he noted that “you can smell it in the air. Everyone is proud to be a Golden Hawk and so am I.”

When it comes to the coaches, Loenhart believes it’s excellent having consistent coaches, “especially being a part of a league where coaching staffs are subject to so much change year-to-year. This was a big plus for me.”

He went on to add that, “The group of coaches they have there is top-notch. They seem to put everything they have in their program and it really shows. It doesn’t appear to be just a job to them. I see the coaches at Laurier developing me to become not only a great football player but mentoring me and helping me become an even better young man.”

Loenhart is interested in computer science with a business management option. “I do love a great feeling of balance in my life. To my amazement, Laurier satisfies all areas of the board and is a perfect fit for me,” he said. “So happy that I will be receiving a quality education from this great university.”

From 2012 to 2013, Loenhart played with the Clarington Tigers (COMFL). He then spent the next four years with the Holy Trinity Titans (LOSSA). He is a four-time LOSSA champion and a two-time OFSAA Bowl champion in 2017 and 2018. He was also the LOSAA league MVP in 2018. The 6’0, 200lbs athlete calls Courtice, Ontario, home.

Matteo Kucinic

It didn’t take long for Matteo Kucinic to realize where he belonged. “I chose Laurier because as soon as I stepped onto campus I felt at home. The coaches were the best coaches I have met during my recruiting process,” he said. “It also helped that the best offensive line coach in the country also coaches there too. I know that during my time at Laurier we will win something big. The coaches are the best in the country no doubt.”

Kucinic, who is from Rexdale, Ontario, will be taking sociology and policing.

Before spending three years with Football North Clarkson, the 6’3, 295lbs centre spent two years with the Our Lady of Mount Carmel Crusaders (ROPSSAA). He was a sophomore captain with the Crusaders and a senior captain with Clarkson. In grade nine he partook in the Fox 40 Prospect Challenge and played with the varsity team.

Ife Onyemenam

Ife Onyemenam has been a part of Football North since 2017. Before that he played with the St. Michael’s Kerry Blues (CISAA) and the Etobicoke Eagles (OPFL). He has also participated in the FPC. The 6’1, 205lbs outside and middle linebacker is from Toronto, Ontario.

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