Huge learning opportunity

NSSAFFL standout newest addition to upstart OUA team

With the future looking so bright for the newest kids on the CIS block, one Nova Scotia player player wants to be part of something special.

Consequently, Jared Melnyk recently committed to the Carleton Ravens for the 2014 season. The native of Eastern Passage, Nova Scotia is thrilled to have made his decision.

“I look forward to being a Raven, and being a part of a team that will compete for a national title within a few years,” commented Melnyk after his commitment to the team.

Academics played a huge part in his decision to embark on the next chapter of his life at the Ottawa Ontario campus.

“I committed to Carleton because of the opportunity to receive an education, from a highly regarded university,” explained the Nova Scotia standout.  “A large factor is the support students and student athletes have available towards their education.”

“Coach (Steve) Sumarah stressed the importance of education, and described the wealth of resources available to the players in terms of tutoring, mentors and academic advisors.”

Moreover, Melnyk gained a favourable impression of the Ravens football program and saw the promise the upstart OUA team possessed.

“What else brought me to my decision are the amazing facilities and Coach Sumarah’s plans for the football program at Carleton,” expressed the Nova Scotia player.  “With six full time coaches (including a wide receiver coach), I will get an opportunity to learn more about my position than ever before”

“I like the fact that Carleton is bringing in a limited number of players.  They brought in only specific players they feel will be an asset for the team.”

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The 6’4, 195 pound wide receiver (also plays quarterback, free safety and special teams – punt/kick return) is currently playing for his high school team, Cole Harbour Cavaliers of the Nova Scotia Student Athletic Federation Football League (NSSAFFL).  Last season, he was selected to the league’s Second All-Star team at the receiver position.  This past summer, he represented his home province as a member of Team Nova Scotia at the 2013 Football Canada Cup in Moncton, New Brunswick. Melnyk has also suited up for the junior varsity Dartmouth Destroyers.

As for the Ravens, the team looks forward to working with a player with tremendous potential such as Melnyk.

“Jared has a rare combination of speed and size that we really like,” commented Ravens Head Coach Steve Sumarah.  “He is young with a huge upside to his game and we are excited to work with him over the next four or five years and develop him into the best student-athlete he can be.”


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