Lancers sign pair of local recruits including CFC 100 lineman (VIDEO)

Top Windsor recruits join local OUA team’s 2015 class.

The Windsor Lancers have signed two local recruits to the football program.

CFC 100 offensive lineman Drew Desjarlais and linebacker/defensive end Lowhya Lako will join the Lancers for the 2015 OUA season.

We are very happy in bringing on two local outstanding young men,” commented Lancers Associate Head Coach and Defensive Coordinator Donnavan Carter.  “We are very excited to bring in these two young men into the Lancer family.”

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Drew Desjarlais is the first CFC 100 recruit to commit to the Lancers.  The team has had their sights set on the 6’3, 280 pound offensive lineman from Belle River, Ontario for quite some time.

Recently, the CFC 100 lineman completed his high school career with the Belle River Nobles of the Windsor and Essex County Secondary School Athletic Association (WECSSAA). This past season, Desjarlais was named WECSSAA Lineman of the Year and selected as a league All-Star.

In addition to the Nobles, Desjarlais also played for the Essex Ravens of the Ontario Varsity Football League (OVFL).

“Drew was a top priority for us when it comes to local recruits,” commented Lancers Head Coach Joe D’Amore.  “He is the number one offensive lineman in Windsor and one of the best in the province.”

“Getting Drew to stay here and play with his former Ravens teammates say a lot about the direction of our program and how local kids are starting to want to stay and play for their hometown.”

Carter added that Desjarlais has the potential to make an early impact on the Lancers due to his talent and skills.

“Drew has been rated as a CFC 100 player; we think he has the ability to come in contribute very early to our offensive line,” assessed Carter.  “He has the kind of dexterity with his feet and movement skills that you look for at his position. “

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It is a dream realized for the 6’1, 205 pound linebacker/defensive end from Windsor, Ontario.

“The reason why I picked Windsor was basically I grew up watching the Lancers play rather if it was basketball or football,” explained Lako of his decision.  “I have so much family and friends around Windsor it would be so hard to leave.”

“But what made me pull the trigger and want to go to Windsor was the players on the team, getting a chance to play with players I’ve always wanted to play next to. The University of Windsor is home if anything else, I love the program and it’s become to. The University of Windsor is on a rise and I love where the program is heading.”

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Lako recently suited up for his high school team, St. Joseph’s Lasers of the Windsor and Essex County Secondary School Athletic Association (WECSSAA).  This past season, Lako was selected as a WECSSAA All-Star, Lasers MVP and WECSSAA Ravens All-Star Classic MVP. He has also played for the Essex Ravens of the Ontario Varsity Football League (OVFL).

“Lowhya is a raw super athletic player who can grow into a solid pass rusher,” described D’Amore.  “He shows signs of being either a linebacker or a defensive end, so we will see where he fits in.”

“But he can play multiple positions and contribute early on special teams. He is definitely a player we are excited about.”

Carter added that Lako’s wealth of experience and talent will be an asset to the Lancers.

“Lowya was a very highly sought after recruit in his own right,” commented Carter.  “His contributions may first come on special teams, as he works himself into a role on our defensive front seven. “

“He is a very athletic young man with a high motor, really covers a lot of ground on the football field.”



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