Axemen announces first wave of recruits (VIDEO)

Recruits from four provinces as well as Bahamas join AUS team’s 2015 class.

The Acadia Axemen have officially announced the addition of 10 recruits to the team’s football program.

The 10 new additions come from Nova Scotia, Ontario, New Brunswick and British Columbia as well as the Bahamas. All recruits will join the team for the 2015 AUS season.

“We are very excited here at Acadia Football about what we have started this recruiting season and believe this is the beginning of a great 2015 recruiting class,” commented Axemen Head Coach Jeff Cummins.  “All of these young men are talented football players on the field but each of them are even better people, which is why we recruited them in the first place.”

“We are always looking for the well rounded student-athlete and these young men possess the attributes expected to be a part of the Axemen family!”

Eric Fraser 2


The 6’2, 265 pound defensive tackle from Sudbury, Ontario comes to the Axemen after completing his high school career with Lasalle Lancers of the Sudbury District Secondary School Athletic Association (SDSSAA).  Additionally, Fraser suited up for the Sudbury Gladiators of the Ontario Football Conference (OFC).

“Eric is a very tough and physical defensive lineman and has a great take-off,” assessed Cummins. “We believe his combination of speed and strength will allow him to continue our strength along the interior of the defensive line.”

“Eric has great leadership skills and is very excited to be a part of Coach Pete Fraser’s legacy of All-Canadian D Linemen.”


Jamarcus Williams


The 5’11, 175 pound defensive back/kick returner from Ottawa, Ontario recently played for the St. Patrick Fighting Irish of the National Capital Secondary School Athletic Association (NCSSAA).

During his time with the Cumberland Panthers of the Ontario Varsity Football League (OVFL), he was selected as a league junior varsity All-Star in 2012.  He was also named a National Capital Amateur Football Association (NCAFA) All-Star this past season while suiting up for the Ottawa Stampeders.

“Jamarcus is a very good all-around athlete and is electric with the ball in his hands,” said Cummins.  “His ability to play man to man coverage at the high school and OVFL level gives him a leg up on most young corners.”

“We are always looking for men who can do things on specials and Jamarcus is happy to do whatever he can to win football games”

Colin Murney


The 6’4, 190 pound receiver/punter/kicker from Waverley, Nova Scotia completed a successful campaign with the Lockview Dragons of the Nova Scotia Student Athletic Federation Football League (NSSAFFL) as he was named the league’s Tier 2 Outstanding Punter/Kicker this past season.  Furthermore, he has been selected as an NSSAFFL All-Star for two consecutive years (2013, 2014).

“Colin’s size at receiver blends nicely with our offense and it will allow him to follow in the footsteps of the Maritime receivers we have had in the past,” added Cummins.  “Colin also place kicks which adds to his value as a player.”

“We expect big things from this big receiver out of Lockview.”

Andre Boudreault


The 6’2, 180 pound defensive back from Hammonds Plains, Nova Scotia comes to the Axemen after completing a stint with Charles P Allen Cheetahs of the Nova Scotia Student Athletic Federation Football League (NSSAFFL). This past season, he was selected as a NSSAFFL Tier 1 All-Star.

“Andre first caught our eye at the AUS camps and then proceeded to impress on team NS this summer,” offered Cummins.  “He has a big frame at the free safety position and is very rangy.”

“After he gets into the weight room and learns the system Andre will be somebody to fear in the back end.”

Brad Bevan


The 6’1, 200 pound linebacker from Bedford, Nova Scotia recently suited up for the Charles P Allen Cheetahs of the Nova Scotia Student Athletic Federation Football League (NSSAFFL).  In 2014, Bevan was selected as a NSSAFFL Tier 1 All-Star.

“Brad is the second CPA linebacker in consecutive years that is coming to wear the Red and Blue here at Acadia and we couldn’t be happier,” expressed Cummins.  “Brad will mix it up with anyone and has been known to change the game with some of his big hits.”

“We expect Brad to come here and work his tail off on specials right away and learn the game from his former teammate Jesse Boudreau.”


The 6’3, 240 pound offensive lineman arrives to the Axemen after playing for his hometown team, Oromocto Blues of the New Brunswick High School Football League (NBHSFL).

“Matthew is a very talented and coachable offensive lineman with a huge upside,” said Cummins.  “Matt is extremely bright in the class room and translates that brilliance onto the field when picking up schemes.”

“With some work in the weight room and help from the vets, it won’t be long before Matt is dressing and playing for us. He and Riley Spear continue our recruiting success from Oromocto High School in New Brunswick.”

Riley Spear commitment


The 5’8, 150 pound receiver from Waterville, New Brunswick will be making the move to Wolfville to suit up for the Axemen.  Recently, Spear completed a stint with the Oromocto Blues of the New Brunswick High School Football League (NBHSFL).  This past season, Spear was selected as a NBHSFL Western Conference All-Star.

“Riley is a very versatile athlete who plays on both sides of the ball and returns kicks too,” added Cummins.  “He is explosive despite his diminutive size and will surprise you if you’re not ready for it.”

“He and Matthew Gilmore continue our recruiting success from Oromocto High School in New Brunswick.”

Mitch Deware


The 5’10, 210 pound linebacker/longsnapper from Moncton, New Brunswick comes with a wealth of experience to the Axemen.  During his time with the Bernice MacNaughton Highlanders of the New Brunswick High School Football League (NBHSFL), he was selected as the league’s Eastern Conference Defensive Player of the Year.

With his commitment to the Axemen, he will be extending family tradition.

“Mitch comes to us as a second generation Axemen following his father Mike’s path,” offered Cummins.  “However, Mitch has set a course of his own garnering defensive MVP award for New Brunswick High School football.”

“We hope that Mitch can replicate the same successes here at Acadia University.”

Eugene McMinns


The 6’1, 190 pound receiver from Nassau, Bahamas recently guided the Holland College Hurricanes of the Atlantic Football League (AFL) to the league championship this past fall.  In 2013, he was named AFL Rookie of the Year.  In addition to excelling as a gridiron player, he is an established decathlete – grabbing National Decathlon Champion honours.

“Eugene (aka Shocker) comes to us by way of Holland College in PEI where he excelled as a freshman receiver last year and worked through some injuries in 2014, all the while maintaining game breaking abilities, receiving and returning the football,” commented Cummins.  “Eugene instantly becomes one of the fastest players in the conference and his athletic ability will allow him to be a weapon sooner rather than later here at Acadia.”

“Eugene is a former national level decathlete from the Bahamas where he grew up and it shows every time you watch him play a game or practice.”

Nick Bynkoski


The 6’4, 220 pound quarterback from Duncan, British Columbia comes to the Axemen after a stint with New York State’s Munroe College Mustangs. Previous to the Mustangs, Bynkoski played for NCAA Division 2 team, Lafayette State Broncos and also attended Atlanta Sports Academy.

He also suited up for Cowichan Secondary School.  In 2011, he was named BC Senior Bowl Western Offensive Player of the Game.

“Nick Bynkoski is not your traditional 6’4 pocket quarterback, as he is very athletic and his feet help him get out of trouble when the pocket breaks down,” added Cummins.  “Nick has a strong arm and has played against top level competition in high school, prep school and junior college, which is why we expect Nick to come in ready to compete the winter starting in January.”




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