Bishop’s get defensive, adds three

Bishop’s adds two international commits and one Québec commit to their team.

It is unlikely that linebacker Diggan Gomis from Cégep de Thetford and defensive backs Félix-Antoine Trempe from Cégep de Drummondville and Aaron Franklin from Utah State have met on the playing field, but they’ve been brought together by the Bishop’s Gaiters.

Diggan Gomis

Courtesy of Diggan Gomis.

When the season concluded in November, Diggan Gomis began talking to Head Coach Nicolas. Intrigued, he visited the university. “I chose Bishop’s because I liked the structure and the football program,” he said. “I also think it’s a good coaching staff and with these coaches, I can become a better player.”

Interested in taking economy, Gomis added he committed to the school because he had an offer of admission. He said that it was a bit more complicated at other universities.

Standing at 6’0, 200lbs, Gomis primarily plays as a SAM linebacker and halfback. Originally from Trappes, France, he spent time in Elancourt, France, playing with Les Templiers d’Élancourt (Ligue Élite de Football Américain/European Football League). He then moved to Québec to play with Les Filons du Cégep de Thetford (RSEQ Division 2).

While in France in 2016, he was named as an MVP in his rookie under-19 year. This season, he was named as a rookie MVP again in his ‘adult’ year.

Félix-Antoine Trempe

By Valérie Hébert.

After his visit, Félix-Antoine Trempe had nothing but good things to say about the school. “I decided to go there because I really appreciate the approach the trainers took with me,” he said. “Also, the facilities are incredible and the players who talked to me were very nice.”

Trempe, who is interested in business administration, added that when he spoke with coaches Pat and Cherif, they answered all of his questions. “They made me comfortable,” he said. “They were awesome with me.”

The 5’1, 185lbs athlete is from Notre-Dame-du-Mont-Carmel, Québec. He played with Les Voltigeurs du Cégep de Drummondville (RSEQ Division 3). Prior to that, he won a Bol d’Or with his high school team in 2014.

Excited to continue his football career, Trempe said, “I would like to thank the Gaiters organization for the opportunity.”

Aarron Franklin

Courtesy of Aarron Franklin.

It will be a big change of scenery for Aarron Franklin when he leaves the mountains of Logan, Utah, for Sherbrooke, Québec. Originally from West Covina, California, Franklin spent a year playing with the Utah State Aggies (NCAA Division 1).

“While looking into school, I noticed that the community was full of energy and had a rich culture. I just had a gut feeling that Bishop’s University was the place for me to keep growing in life as a student as well as athlete,” Franklin said.

It probably didn’t hurt that Head Coach Nicolas showed such interest in him. “Being in contact with Head Coach Cherif was honestly a blessing. He constantly made me feel wanted. I can tell he has class,” Franklin said. “I see that this coaching staff is in the process of doing great things with the program.”

Back when Franklin was in high school, he won back-to-back championships in 2011 and 2012. He is 6’0, 205lbs and can also play SAM linebacker. He is interested in sports studies with a minor in sociology.

Ready to make a difference with the team, Franklin said, “I’m fully invested in Bishop’s University.”

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