Laurier Golden Hawks coaches ‘very welcoming’ says commits

Laurier adds two Ontario commits to their Class of 2018.

It is an understatement to say that coaches can make or break a program, and defensive back Devon Thomson-Wood from Sir Allan MacNab High School and offensive lineman Garrett Wannack from Holy Trinity Catholic Secondary School know that they will be in good hands with the Laurier Golden Hawks’ coaching staff.

Devon Thomson-Wood

When looking at programs, Devon Thomson-Wood looked towards his predecessors. “I chose to commit because I’ve always looked up to certain players who’ve come out of my high school that chose Laurier’s football program and had much success,” Thomson-Wood said.

Thomson-Wood is a member of the Sir Allan MacNab Lions (Hamilton Wentworth Intercollegiate Athletics Association). He has also played with the Hamilton Hurricanes (OFC) and Team Ontario.

It was the coaches, however, that sealed the deal for the product of Hamilton, Ontario. “They’ve made me feel at home whenever I visited the campus and stadium, and the intensity of the locker room and pre-game speech really gets the players fired up, which was another exciting factor,” he said.

Thomson-Wood, who is 6’1, 190lbs, is interested in Sociology. He is a two-time city champion with the Lions. He said, “I would like to thank Coach Paul Hitchcock, as well as Jimmy Hill, for everything they’ve done for me throughout my high school career on and off the field.”

Garrett Wannack

Courtesy of Garrett Wannack.

At a hulking 6’5, 310lbs, Garrett Wannack brings considerable size to the offensive line. The tackle will be looking to bulk up the Golden Hawks roster. He said that he chose the school because he really likes the program and the coaches. “They’re very welcoming and dedicated to the football program and also to the players’ educational goals,” he added.

Interested in a bachelor of arts, Wannack said that Laurier is also “a great place to get an education (and it’s) not too far form home.”

Wannack is originally from Courtrice, Ontairo, which is near Oshawa. He currently plays with the Holy Trinity Titans (Durham Regional High School Football). He said he is hoping for an LOSSA championship this season. He also played with the Oshawa Hawkeyes (OVFL).

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