Golden Hawks welcome #CFC100 QB to 2017 class

Laurier continues to attract commits as the team rolls on in the OUA playoffs.

#CFC100 Connor Carusello, a quarterback from the Hamilton Varsity Tiger-Cats (Ontario Football Conference), already knows what success feels like and now he will have an opportunity to add more championship titles to his resume after committing to the Yates Cup finalists, the Laurier Golden Hawks.

“Laurier was the first school to recruit me and it has felt like home ever since. They are an unbelievable team and are building up to be a powerhouse of a program,” Carusello said.

“The coaching staff is great. I have had the opportunity to be coached by them over the years, playing in all-star games and attending camps. They have shown a great amount of support and constantly reached out to me,” he added. He will be moving to Waterloo from his hometown of Caledonia, Ontario, which is a small community south of Hamilton.

Carusello stands at 6’4, 190lbs and ranked in the 2017 pre-season edition of #CFC100. During his career, he has been a member of the McKinnon Park Blue Devils (Norfolk Secondary Schools Athletics Association) and the 2014 and 2015 editions of Team Ontario in the Football Canada Cup and helped his team capture a silver medal. In 2014 and 2016, he was an OFC champion with the Hamilton Hurricanes (the current Varsity Tiger-Cats). In those same years, he led the Blue Devils to two Haldimand-Norfolk Bowl wins.

During the 2016 OFC playoffs, he was an OFC player of the week. He lead the conference in passing and touchdowns during the season and was named to the all-star team.

Carusello’s accolades have not gone unnoticed. Dwayne Cameron, the special teams coordinator, recruiting coordinator, and defensive backs coach for the Golden Hawks, said that “Connor brings an excellent passing skill set. He can make any and every throw on the field and possess the size to see the entire field from the pocket”.

“He is a fine young man whom we have gotten to know through both the recruiting process, and having attended our high school camp for the past two years,” he added.

Carusello’s recruitment process was termed as being “one of the longer ones” by Cameron because the young player ultimately decided to return to high school for a fifth year. However, Cameron said, “He has always been pleasant and is good to interact with as he is easy going.”

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