Belmont recruit attracted to Laurier’s “small town” feel

Belmont offensive lineman joins OUA team’s 2016 class.

An all you can eat buffet was all it took for Connor Smith to commit to his future gridiron home.

Recently, the 6’6, 280 pound offensive lineman from Belmont, Ontario signed with Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks. Smith will join the team for the 2016 OUA season.

“The cafeteria has a buffet,” elaborated Smith.  “I signed on the line as soon as I could after hearing all you can eat.”

Additionally, it was a perfect academic and football fit for the offensive standout.

“Laurier is the perfect combination of a prestigious football program in combination with a good academic environment,” said Smith.  “Laurier football is a great program and I’ve heard nothing but good things about Irv Daymond.”

“I think Laurier is the school I’ll be able to best develop as a football player. Moreover, Laurier has the small academic community, small class sizes, and general personal feeling of the campus I was looking for. Even when I was on my tour before signing my LOI, we met half the football team just on our walk. It seemed like Mike [Faulds] knew everyone we passed. Laurier felt less like a university and more like the small town I grew up in where everyone knows everyone.”

Among the teams Smith has suited up for during his career include Regina Mundi Titans of the Thames Valley Regional Athletic Association (TVRAA), London Jr. Mustangs of the Ontario Varsity Football League (OVFL) and London Thunderbirds.


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