Carabins add size to offense with two new commits

The Carabins add two new recruits early on in the 2017 commitment period.

Once from opposing schools, wide receiver Antoine Mailhot from Lévis-Lauzon and offensive lineman Pier-Olivier Lestage from St-Jean-sur-Richelieu will now be teammates on the Montréal Carabins as part of the 2017 commitment class.

Antonie Mailhot holding the football after a touchdown. By Éric Chabot.

Antonie Mailhot holding the football. By Éric Chabot.

Trois-Rivières native Mailhot, who stands at 6’3, 196lbs, has played for three years with the Lévis-Lauzon Faucons (CEGEP Division 3) and five seasons with Académie Les Estacades, a RSEQ Juvenile Division 1 high school.

The Carabins showed interest in Mailhot early on, having reached out to him in his first year of CEGEP. “When I got there, I already know it was the perfect place for me! The ambiance with the coaches and the players is very good,” he said.

“The values that coaches preach, as well as the family and the respect, are the ones that I was looking for. The amenities, equipment and infrastructure that they have are insane and conducive to the development of the athletes,” he added.

The Carabins have shown success in recent years, having won the 2015 Vanier Cup. “I also wanted a university that has a winning team,” Mailhot said. “A team and a coaching staff that would develop my full potential. Finally, during the recruiting process, the coaches were sincere and told me the real things. Well, in all of the aspects, it feels like home.”

The athletics department wasn’t the only reason why Mailhot committed to Montréal. He said that the school’s business program, or HEC (hautes études commercial), also helped in his decision making. He is currently looking into pursuing a business or marketing degree.

The young football player has shown his merit, having been awarded with such titles as a RSEQ Cadet (15 years old) and Juvenile (16 years old) All-Star, as well as a RSEQ Student Athlete. He has won a Bol D’Or Championship while with the Les Estacades Cadet and Juvenile teams. He has participated in three finals in his five years with Les Estacades. In his CEGP years, he was named Rookie of the Year and made the all-star team.

Pier-Olivier Lestage set to block. Courtesy of HUDL.

Pier-Olivier Lestage set to block. Courtesy of HUDL.

Lestage, who hails from Saint-Eustache, had already committed to Montréal on July 17 and is looking into university’s physical education program. The young offensive lineman is 6’3, 305lbs and ranks #46 in the 2017 edition of the #CFC100 rankings.

The lineman will finish his final year of CEGEP with the Géants du Cégep de St-Jean-sur-Richelieu (Division 1) before heading to Montréal for the 2017 season. He won two Bol D’Or’s with the Géants. He was also nominated for Rookie of the Year in his first season with the CEGEP team.

Before playing with St-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Lestage played for the École Secondaire Deux-Montagnes, a Juvenile Division 1 high school. He has also played with 2014 edition of Team Quebec, which won the Canada Cup in Saskatchewan.



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