Carleton secures seventh #CFC100 ranked recruit (VIDEO)

Mississauga linebacker joins OUA team’s 2016 class

The Carleton Ravens have announced the addition of #CFC100 Jack Cassar to their football program.

Cassar, the 6’4, 240 pound linebacker from Mississauga, Ontario will join the Ravens for the 2016 OUA season.

“We are very excited to have Jack Cassar commit to the Ravens program,” commented Ravens Head Coach Steve Sumarah.  “This has been someone we have been after for a couple of years and are very excited to have him be a part of our program. “

“He is a big physical middle linebacker who will be a dominant force in the OUA for years to come.  We really liked his physical presence and his ability to make plays between the tackles.”

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Recently, the defensive standout completed a stint with Canada Prep Raiders.  In addition to the Raiders, Cassar has previously suited up for Lorne Park Spartans of the Region of Peel Secondary School Athletic Association (ROPSSAA) and Mississauga Warriors of the Ontario Varsity Football League (OVFL).

During the 2015 season with the Warriors, Cassar led the OVFL in defensive point.  He was selected as an OVFL All-Star and was named Warriors Team MVP.

Last week, the linebacker represented his country as a member of the under-19 Team Canada squad at the 2016 International Bowl in Arlington, Texas.

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“His experience at Canada Prep and with Team Canada will only help him in the transition to the CIS and have him game ready right away,” added Sumarah.  “We are very pleased Jack chose Carleton to pursue his academic and athletic career.”

For his part, Cassar opted for the Ravens amongst three other OUA finalists including Western, Wilfrid Laurier and Guelph.

For Cassar, the gridiron chance the Ravens provided him for the next stage of his career sealed the deal for him.

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“Carleton football is an up and coming program coming off an amazing recruiting class in 2016 as well,” explained Cassar, who will be entering studies as the Sprott School of Business.  “This team has potential to make it far in the CIS In the near future. Coach Steve Sumarah and Coach Ryan Bechmanis [Defensive Coordinator] were huge factors to me committing to Carleton; with their genuine personalities, as well as their desire to help the players on the football team to be successful both on and off the field.”

“I was able to build a relationship with the coaching staff and felt very comfortable around them. What they’ve done with the football program starting from scratch inspires me to be a part of this dynasty and the success of this special team.”

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Overall, the outlook of the integral role he will play on the Ravens defence in future years in a lucrative city excites Cassar.

“I was attracted to living in Ottawa for the next four to five years of my life most likely having to stay at the university in the summers to train,” elaborated the linebacker.  “I feel I am more prepared than other rookies coming into university playing a full American schedule at Canada prep as well as attending the international bowl in Texas against team USA.”

“The plan the coaching staff had for me as a player was something I couldn’t turn down. Now with hard work and determination I will be working harder than ever for that starting position at linebacker.”

With Cassar’s commitment, the Ravens now have seven #CFC100 ranked recruits.  The others include lineman J-Min Pelley, defensive back Tyrell Richards, running back Jevante Stanley, defensive back Ricardo Barrett and receiver Nigel Goodridge. Additionally, 2014 #CFC100 ranked Shaun Robinson recently transferred over from Mount Allison Mounties.

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