CFC 100 recruit ready to compete for spot on Carabins roster

CEGEP defensive back becomes third CFC 100 recruit to join RSEQ team’s 2015 class.

CFC 100 Francois Hamel was faced with a tough decision.

After careful consideration between two CIS schools, he decided to sign with the Montreal Carabins.  The 5’8, 155 pound defensive back (safety) from Boucherville, Quebec will join the team for the 2015 RSEQ season.

“I was hesitating between McGill and Montreal,” recalled the CFC 100 standout.  “I wasn’t sure if I wanted to pursue my studies in English and Montreal gave me the opportunity to make that transition (English to French).”

Additionally, the opportunity to play with the Vanier Cup Champions was too good of an offer to pass up.

“I believe Montreal is the perfect fit and how they act, family first,” explained Hamel.  “With the coaching staff, I believe that they can bring me a step higher, make me a better football player.”

“The Defensive Backs Coach, Fabrice Raymond, is one of the best and I truly believe that he will help me progress.”

It is also a dream realized for the CFC 100 defensive back as he will be following in family footsteps by virtue of his commitment to the Carabins.

“I also grew up watching my brother, Julien Hamel, play for Montreal,” expressed Hamel, who will study Physical Education at the university.  “Therefore, it’s a logical choice to continue on the same path.”

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The defensive back joins the Carabins after completing a stint with CEGEP Division 1 team, Vanier Cheetahs.  This past season, he registered 34 tackles, one sack and caught three interceptions.  In 2013, Hamel racked up 49 tackles and four interceptions.  The previous year (2012), he had 29.5 tackles, two interceptions and a touchdown.

During his time with the Cheetahs, Hamel has been selected as a RSEQ Collegial Division 1 All-Star two consecutive times.  Also, he guided the team to a Bol D’Or Championship.  He has been named the Cheetahs Defensive MVP.

Previous to the Cheetahs, Hamel has suited up for midget Boucherville Grizzlies.

With this signing, Hamel becomes the third CFC 100 recruit to join the Vanier Cup Champions.  In addition to Hamel, defensive back Jean-Sebastien Belisle and running back Gabriel Parent have also joined the Carabins.

The CFC 100 defensive back looks forward to the challenges that wait for him at his new gridiron home.

“I know that there will be lots of competition at my position,” commented Hamel.  “I look forward to it.”

“I will work hard to be on the field and win many more Vanier Cups.”


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