#CFCOPC: DL Bourdages’ future goals

Hurricanes standout has initial talks with two OUA schools.

Hamilton Hurricanes defensive lineman Dawlson Bourdages has a good experience at a major event last month.

Dawlson Bourdages

Defensive Line (End), Linebacker (Middle)

6’4, 245 lbs

Sir Allan MacNab Lions (high school: HWIAA),
Hamilton Hurricanes (junior varsity: OFC)


Official Visits:

McMaster, Guelph, Open


Dawlson Bourdages

Dawlson has only played the sport for a year and half for both the Hamilton Hurricanes of the Ontario Football Conference (OFC) and Sir Allan MacNab Lions of the Hamilton Wentworth Intercollegiate Athletic Association (HWIAA).

Highlights from last season included making the Lions and getting the opportunity to be instructed by CFL star, Ben D’Aguilar. Another highlight was guiding the Hurricanes to the league championship.

Recently, the lineman participated in the 2015 Steel City All-Star Game.

However, last month’s Ontario Prospect Challenge (OPC) experience was rewarding for Dawlson.

“I was coached by great coaches, and there was high energy and tempo,” says Dawlson, who played for Team West’s junior varsity squad.  “I had a ton of fun playing with people I’ve never played against.”

“All together, a good experience.”

Overall, Dawlson hopes OPC will help him with recuiting because university coaches as well as recruiters will see how he practices and plays.

While Dawlson doesn’t have a training regimen at the moment, he plans on getting a gym membership with trainers specific to the sport.

Some really influential people in his life include D’Aguilar, Coach Hitchcock, Coach Allwood and Dennis McPhee.

In terms of the recruitment process, Dawlson has only spoken to two OUA schools – McMaster and Guelph.  However, he doesn’t plan on visiting any universities until for a couple of more years. When things get to that stage, some factors that determine which schools he will consider will be the degree/program, the coaches and the location.

“I want to play senior football at Sir Allan MacNab,” says Dawlson of his future plans.  “After that, go to university to study for electrical engineering and then play pro someday.”




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