Axemen land Sudbury recruit (VIDEO)

Sudbury defensive lineman becomes first recruit to join AUS team’s 2015 class.

This week, the Acadia Axemen announced that the team has signed their first recruit of the 2015 class.

Eric Fraser is the newest member.  The 6’2, 265 pound defensive lineman (tackle) from Sudbury, Ontario will join the team for the 2015 AUS season.

“Eric is a tremendous young man from an incredible family,” commented Axemen Head Coach Jeff Cummins of Fraser.  “He is a very hard worker and will never quit as it’s part of his blue collar work ethic.”

“We are very excited to continue our recruiting in Sudbury and the Sault and Eric is another example of great defensive linemen we bring into Acadia. We are proud to call Eric our first Axemen commit of 2015.”

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Fraser is currently completing his final season with the Lasalle Lancers of the Sudbury District Secondary School Athletic Association (SDSSAA).  In addition to the Lancers, the defensive lineman has suited up for the Sudbury Gladiators of the Ontario Football Conference (OFC).

For his part, Fraser’s first interaction with his new gridiron and academic home came from a Gladiators coach who is a former Axemen player.

“I first heard about Acadia through one of my Sudbury Gladiators coaches Kevin Garbuio who had attended the school himself,” recalled the Sudbury defensive standout, who has coached youth football in his community for three years.  “Over the past four years. Coach Garbuio watched and liked how I played so he told the Axemen about me.”

“We talked a bit and this Thanksgiving, my father and I decided to make the trip out to Wolfville along with Sudbury quarterback Hunter Holub.”

Once he arrived at the Wolfvile, Nova Scotia campus, he was hooked.

“I had already known that Acadia had a great reputation but when I experienced it for myself, I knew that’s where I wanted to be,” expressed Fraser.  “For academics, the small class size which averages at 28 people really appealed to me.”

“These low class sizes allow the professors to know their students, which makes the experience more personal. You aren’t just a fly on the wall.”

However, it wasn’t only about the academics.  The strength of the football program was another decisive factor.

“The same goes for the football program,” said Fraser.  “The coaches get so involved with their players.”

“It’s like a huge family. Of course other schools have a tight-knit brotherhood, but the Axemen coaches truly take you under their wing. While I was there I watched their game vs St. F.X. and although it was Thanksgiving weekend, they had tons of fans out to watch and support them. The support in the area is unbelievable. Overall, it was just a great experience and I look forward to suiting up next fall.”



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