Gaels add size, skill to lines

Queen’s adds one provincial commit and one out-of-province commit to their 2019 class.

Ryan Berta, an offensive lineman from St. Jean de Brébeuf Catholic Secondary School, and Andrew Mullins-Grant, a defensive lineman from St. Paul’s School, will be battling in the trenches with the Queen’s Gaels.

Ryan Berta

Ryan Berta of Hamilton, Ontario, is heading to Kingston. “I think Queen’s is the right fit for me. I felt comfortable when I was there and it felt like it’s a place (that) I can achieve my goals,” Berta said. “Program wise, it has beautiful facilities with amazing coaches.”

He added that, “Another big reason for my commitment was offensive line coach Matt Nesbitt. I feel like he can help me become the best player possible being a top-tier offensive line coach.”

The 6’3, 300lbs guard has played with both the Hamilton Hurricanes (OFC) and the St. Jean de Brébeuf Braves (HWCAA). He also participated in the Fox 40 Prospect Challenge. He was ‘offensive player of the year’ with the Hurricanes last summer and he also won a Division 2 championship with the Braves.

Andrew Mullins-Grant

When Andrew Mullins-Grant joins the Gaels, he knows the team won’t exclude the “student” part of student-athlete. “I was excited to see that Queen’s not only values excellence within their football program, but they value academic excellence as well,” Mullins-Grant said, who is interested in economics.

“I can’t wait to get to work with the new, relatively young coaching staff,” added the 6’2, 310lb defensive tackle. “They are cooking up something special and I am very excited to be a part of it.”

Mullins-Grant is originally from Montréal, Québec, where he played with North Shore Football and the Selwyn House School. He then joined the St. Paul’s Big Red (NEPSAC). He was a 2018 all-Evergreen League and was am honourable mention for an all-NEPSAC.

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