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Former AFL teammates to be reunited on AUS team.

Two former teammates will be reunited as they begin their CIS gridiron journey.

This week, the Acadia Axemen announced signings of Jaylen McRae and Shelton Williams.  Both players will join the team for the 2015 AUS season.

This past fall, McRae and Shelton led the Holland College Hurricanes of the Atlantic Football League (AFL) to the Moosehead Cup, which is the League Championship.

With their commitments, they will be reunited with another former Hurricanes teammate as receiver Eugene McMinns signed recently with the Axemen.

“We are happy to announce the signing of two of our top targets for the 2015 recruiting class,” commented Axemen Head Coach Jeff Cummins.  “Both Jaylen and Shelton are top level athletes with the ability to change the game in their own way.”

“Jaylen is an elite receiver who can use his size, speed and ball skills to score on any given play. Shelton is a massive offensive tackle with long arms, good feet and a work ethic that is impressive.  The sky is the limit for these two men.  We are happy to welcome them to the Acadia Axemen Family.”

Jaylen McRae


For the 6’2, 186 pound receiver from Everett, Massachusetts, there was one clear decisive factor which swayed him towards the Wolfville, Nova Scotia campus.

“I committed to Acadia over multiple schools for one reason; that feeling of home,” explained McRae of his decision.  “I didn’t go on the visit with a checklist or anything.”

“The coaching staff here at Acadia University second to none in my opinion.”

This past season, McRae led the AFL in several categories including touchdowns ,receiving yards, punt return yards, kick return yards and return majors while playing for the Hurricanes.

Previous to the Hurricanes, the receiver suited up for Everett Crimson Tide as well as Wilbraham & Monson Academy.

Shelton WIlliams commitment


Ultimately, the 6’6, 304 pound offensive lineman felt the Acadia was the perfect academic and gridiron fit for him.

“There’s a lot of reasons I chose Acadia,” elaborated Williams.  “They made Wolfville feel like home!”

“I made a connection with the coaching staff; there was just something about it that felt right.  Also, I aspire to be an engineer major and I know the engineering program at Acadia can be a good fit. I loved me visit at Acadia I know working one on one with Coach Cummins would be great. I can see myself learning a while lot from him.”

Williams, who was born in the Bahamas, previously played at the high school level for Miramar, Florida’s Champagnat Catholic Lions.





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