Going the extra mile (VIDEO)

Donovan Hillary commitment

Manitoba & Ontario standouts newest recruits to join OUA team’s 2014 class.

Queen’s Golden Gaels have recently added defensive recruits from two different provinces.

Both Donovan Hillary and Trevor McGarrity have signed with the Golden Gaels for the 2014 OUA season.


The 6’1, 220 pound linebacker was impressed with the how the Golden Gaels tackled the recruitment process with him. Ultimately, he is looking forward to continuing his academic and gridiron pursuits at the Kingston, Ontario campus.

“The reasons why I chose Queen’s was because the coaches really went the extra mile in the recruiting process,” explained Hillary of his decision.  “They were always available and made sure that your questions did not go unanswered.”

“The rich history of the football program and the fact they were recently voted the All-Time greatest CIS program really spoke volumes and pushed me towards the Gaels. The excellent academics provided by the school also made my choice that much easier. Overall, the school just felt right and the competitive nature drew me in.”

Hillary was born in Collingwood, Ontario but was raised in Winnipeg, Manitoba.  Recently, he finished his career with the East River Kodiaks of the Winnipeg High School Football League (WHSFL).  This past season, the linebacker broke the record for most tackles in a season (registered 96 tackles in nine games).  For his exceptional play on the field, he was named WHSFL ‘AAA’ Defensive MVP.

Moreover, Hillary has participated in two consecutive Football Canada Cups as a member of Team Manitoba – 2012 in London, Ontario and 2013 in Moncton, New Brunswick.

Golden Gaels Head Coach Pat Sheahan is thrilled to welcome Hilary into the fold.

“Donovan set a high school record for tackles in Winnipeg last season with 96,” commented Sheahan.  “What impressed me about him was that when he entered into a play, it usually ended seconds later.”

“He is a sure tackler with good smarts and growth potential. In year when the accent here at Queen’s was on rebuilding the defense, I believe he was a good get for us.”

Trevor McGarrity


The 6’4, 230 pound defensive end from Ajax, Ontario comes to the Golden Gaels after completing his high school career with J. Clarke Richardson Storm of the Lake Ontario Secondary School Athletic Association (LOSSAA).

“Trevor earned a spot on our radar at the Queen’s Elite Football camp last summer,” added Sheahan.  “He demonstrated very good change of direction and he was an impressive pass rusher.”

“He made a commitment to make the grades he needed for admission which he has done. He is a real dark horse in this year’s recruiting class. I am glad to have him.”

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