Carleton Ravens tap Quebec market

Carleton brings in four out-of-province commits to their Class of 2018.

Having played in Québec their entire careers, defensive linemen Olivier Boulet from Cégep Limoilou and Tommy Lavertu from Cégep Garneau are excited to get a taste for what the OUA has to offer while with the Carleton Ravens.

Defensive lineman Charles Graton from Collège André-Grasset and running back Thomas Bertrand-Hudon from Champlain College Lennoxville have also signed with Carleton.

Olivier Boulet

Courtesy of Olivier Boulet.

Originally from Québec, Québec, the French language has surrounded Olivier Boulet. While he will still have access to French while in Ottawa, he chose to leave his home province to explore schooling in English.

“I committed to this school because it is an experience of a lifetime, a nice opportunity to study in English and play football at the same time. I can learn a lot form the coaches and I’m here to win,” Boulet said.

“The coaching staff looks very nice. They are determined to win and the defensive line coach, David Caron, will definitely improve my game,” he added.

Before joining Les Titans du Cégep Limoilou (RSEQ Division 1), Boulet spent five years with L’Arsenal de l’académie Saint-Louis (RSEQ). He won a Bol d’Or (Cadet AA) in high school. He also received a $2,500 scholarship in high school for being the top student-athlete coming out of the football program. Standing at 6’3, 215lbs, he has primarily played as a defensive end.

Tommy Lavertu

By Steve Roy.

Tommy Lavertu needs no introduction to his new defensive line coach. He said he committed to Carleton because Caron used to be his coach at Cégep Garneau. “I worked with Coach Dave before and he knows me very well, so he knows what I need to work on to improve my game on this level,” he said. “I (also) have a good relationship with the head coach, Steve, so I think that the next years will be great.”

He added that, “I think that Carleton is and can be the team to beat in the OUA and may be a challenger for the Vanier Cup.”

Also from Québec City, Lavertu is ready to flex his English-language skills while at Carleton. “I love the city of Ottawa…I wanted to learn English, so by living in an English city and by having all my classes in English, (it) will help me a lot,” he said.

While at Cégep Garneau, Lavertu studied police technologies. He will be taking Criminology at Carleton. The 6’3, 220lbs defensive end spent four years with Les Élans du Cégep Garneau (RSEQ Division 1).

Charles Graton

Charles Graton spent his cégep career with Les Phénix du Collège André-Grasset (RSEQ Division 1). Prior to that, he played with Les Cactus du Collège Notre-Dame (RSEQ) in high school. He calls Montréal, Québec, his hometown and is 6’3, 260lbs.

Thomas Bertrand-Hudon

Thomas Bertrand-Hudon played with the Champlain College Lennoxville Cougars (RSEQ Division 1). The 6’0, 200lbs athlete also played as a linebacker, strong and free safety and cornerback. He is from Mont-Saint-Hilaire, Québec.

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