Academics key for Marauders hulking new d-linemen

McMaster brings in an out-of-province and local commit to their Class of 2017.

When the new U Sports season commences, defensive lineman Myles Baldwin from Vincent Massey Collegiate and FPC Matthew McBain from St. Michael’s College will be looking to help anchor the McMaster Marauders’ defense.

Myles Baldwin

Myles Baldwin leaps for his opponent. Courtesy of Myles Baldwin.

It was a mixture of three things that drew this Winnipeg boy to McMaster. Myles Baldwin said what appealed to him were the academics, the great school and the coaching staff that he trusts will help him achieve success in life and football.

Baldwin, who is interested in arts or business, was enthralled with the experience entrenched in the Marauders’ coaching staff. “(They are) very experienced coaches (with a) great knowledge for this competition,” he said. “New quarterback coach Kyle Quintana stands out to me because of his past at McMaster and how great of a player he was.”

Myles Baldwin leaps for his opponent. Courtesy of Myles Baldwin.

The 6’5, 230lbs defensive end has also heard wonderful things about the head coach, Greg Knox, from his own coaches. “Coach Knox is also on the Winnipeg Blue Bombers staff, which shows he is experienced with coaching at a high level,” Baldwin said. “I’ve heard from my coach that the Blue Bombers coaching staff speaks wonders of Coach Knox and how great of a person and coach he is.”

In grade 10, he played with the Vincent Massey Collegiate Trojans (Winnipeg High School Football League) before joining the Canada Prep Raiders in grade 11. For his final season, he returned to the Trojans. In 2014, he won a Homerun Bowl with the Trojans. He has also received an academic award as a player on the team.

FPC Matthew McBain

Matthew McBain chases down his opponent. Courtesy of Matthew McBain.

Matthew McBain will be staying a little closer to home. Coming from Toronto, Ontario, he felt welcomed at McMaster. “I got a great vibe from both the student body and coaches. There was a clear sense of community on campus, which was comforting coming from a very similar academic environment,” the St. Michael’s College student said.

Perhaps more important is that McBain saw a future full of growth and support with the Marauders. “I thought it would be the best place to continue developing as both a student and an athlete,” the potential social psychology student said. “The coaching staff has been hugely supportive of me both academically and athletically since I signed.”

In his eight-year career, the 6’0, 290lbs nose tackle has played with the Toronto Jr. Argos (OFC) and the Mississauga Warriors (OVFL). He is a three-time Fox 40 Prospect Challenge participant and a two-time GTA all-star. In 2015, he was a captain on Team Ontario in the International Bowl. But, his shelf is missing something.

“No championships yet,” McBain said. “But, hopefully some to come.”

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