Acadia announces second wave of recruits (VIDEO)

The Acadia Axemen have continued their recruitment success in 2016 with the addition of 14 new recruits to their football program.

One thing that standouts about the group of 14 is that the Axemen went cross country. Breaking down the provincial representation, four recruits are from Ontario, three hail from Nova Scotia and two come from British Columbia.  Moreover, the Axemen have landed a recruit from each of the following provinces: Saskatchewan, New Brunswick, Alberta and Prince Edward Island.  Finally, one recruit continues the extension the pipeline from Wolfville to the Bahamas.

“I could not be more excited to announce our second wave of 2016 recruits,” commented Axemen Head Coach Jeff Cummins of the newest additions.  “This group of student athletes bring size, speed, atrength and overall difference making ability to the Acadia Axemen Football team.”

“Our O-Line class is big and deep and it might turn out to be the best I have had in my 13 years recruiting. This overall group of men add to our already strong recruitment class to bring back the championship tradition to Wolfville.”

The following are the 14 recruits who have committed to the Axemen for the 2016 AUS season:

Nathan Heide 2

NATHAN HEIDE:

The 6’2, 295 pound offensive lineman from Warman, Saskatchewan helped the Saskatoon Hilltops of the Prairie Football Conference (PFC) in the Canadian Junior Football League (CJFL) win four Canadian Bowl Championships.  During his time there, he has been selected as a CJFL All-Canadian and a PFC All-Star.

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Previous to the Hilltops, Heide played 9-man football with the Warman Wolverines.

In 2012, Heide helped Team Canada win the gold medal at the International Federation of America Football (IFAF) Under 19 Championship.

Patrick Ruvacaba

PATRICK RUVALCABA:

The 6’1 215 pound linebacker from Richmond, British Columbia signs with the Axemen on the heels of capping off a successful high schol career.  During his time with Hugh Boyd Trojans of the British Columbia HIgh School Football Association (BCHSFA), Ruvalcaba was selected as both a BCHSFA Southern Conference All-Star and Best in Class Provincial All-Star.

Lawrence Williams

LAWRENCE WILLIAMS:

The 6’7, 330 pound offensive lineman who is a native of Nassau, Bahamasm was a towering presence on the offensive line for the AFL’s Holland College Hurricanes.  This past fall, he helped the Hurricanes win the Moosehead Cup (AFL Championship) with a victory over the Dalhousie Tigers.

 

Nicholas Diaquoi commitment

NICHOLAS DIAQUOI:

The 5’11, 185 pound defensive back from Ottawa, Ontario previously suited up for the Cumberland Panthers of the Ontario Varsity Football League (OVFL).

Jalla Lansanah 2015 1

JALLA LANSANAH:

During his career, the 5’8, 175 pound tailback/athlete from Ottawa, Ontario has suited up for multiple teams including Nepean Redskins of the National Capital Amateur Football Association (NCAFA), St. Joseph Jaguars of the National Capital Secondary School Athletic Association (NCSSAA) and Ottawa Myers Riders of the Ontario Varsity Football League (OVFL).  During his time with the Myers Riders, he was selected as an OVFL All-Star in 2014.

Ollie Grant

OLIVER GRANT:

In 2015, the 6’5, 250 pound offensive lineman from Halifax, Nova Scotia helped the Citadel Phoenix of the Nova Scotia Student Athletic Federation Football League (NSSAFFL) win the Provincial Tier 1 Championship with a victory over Sir John A MacDonald Flames. Grant was selected as a NSSAFFL First Team All-Star in 2015.

Moreover, the lineman represented his home province as a member of Team Nova Scotia at the 2015 Football Canada Cup in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec.

Grant was included in the first edition of the #CFC100 CLASS 2016 RANKINGS.

Alex Smith

ALEX SMITH:

The 6’3, 215 pound offensive lineman from Moncton, New Brunswick previously played for Harrison Trimble Trojans of the New Brunswick High School Football League (NBHSFL).  During his time there, Smith was selected as a NBHSFL 12-Man Eastern Conference All-Star (2015) and named Trojans Rookie of the Year (2013).

Additionally, Smith represented his home province as a member of Team New Brunswick at the 2015 Football Canada Cup in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec.

Duncan Steinhauer

DUNCAN STEINHAUER:

The 6’1, 195 pound linebacker from Airdrie, Alberta comes to the Axemen after completing stints with both the Airdrie Nothern Raiders of the Calgary Area Midget Football Association (CAMFA) and Bert Church Chargers of the Alberta Schools Athletic Association (ASAA). He was a previous recipient of the Raiders Iron Man Award.

Carson Halliwell

CARSON HALLIWELL:

The 5’9,190 pound tailback from Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island played a prominent role on offence the past couple of seasons for the Holland College Hurricanes of the Atlantic Football League (AFL).  In both 2014 and 2015, Halliwell helped the Hurricanes win back-to-back Moosehead Cups (AFL Championship).

Quinton Milton commitment

QUINTIN MILTON:

The 6’1, 250 pound offensive lineman from Halifax, Nova Scotia helped Citadel Phoenix of the Nova Scotia Student Athletic Federation Football League win two consecutive Provincial Tier 1 Championships (2014, 2015).  In 2015, Milton was selected as a NSSAFFL First Team All-Star.

Citadel teammates Quintin Milton (L) and Toby Gerard (R) commit to Axemen

Citadel teammates Quintin Milton (L) and Toby Gerard (R) commit to Axemen

TOBY GERARD:

The 6’1, 205 pound defensive end from Prospect, Nova Scotia helped the Citadel Phoenix of the Nova Scotia Student Athletic Federatin Football League (NSSAFFL) win back-to-back Provincial Tier 1 Championships (2014, 2015).  This past fall, Gerard was selected as a NSSAFFL First Team All-Star.

Connor Brown

CONNOR BROWN:

The 6’1, 190 pound linebacker from Ottawa, Ontario comes to the Axemen after completing a stints with both the Kanata Knights of the National Capital Amateur Football Association (NCAFA) and Ottawa Myers Riders of the Ontario Varsity Football League (OVFL).

Sebastian Finlayson commitment

SEBASTIAN FINLAYSON:

This past fall, the 6’5, 305 pound two-way lineman from North Vancouver, British Columbia’s towering presence helped the Carson Graham Eagles win the British Columbia High School Football Association (BCHSFA) Provincial ‘AA’ Championship.

AIDAN COWAN:

The 5’11, 200 pound defensive end/linebacker from Ottawa, Ontario previously suited up for both Gloucester South Raiders of the National Capital Amateur Football Association (NCAFA) and Cumberland Panthers of the Ontario Varsity Football League (OVFL). During his career, Cowan has received numerous honours including Most Improved Player (2015) and a NCAFA All-Star Selection (2014).

Furthermore, the defensive standout was a participant of the Ontario Prospect Challenge (OPC) as a member of Team East’s Varsity squad.

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