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Marauders add CJFL to their team.

Although it is not easy to think of a future post-football, Cole Crossett, a kicker from the Ottawa Sooners (CJFL), is confident that he will be prepared for it after signing with the McMaster Marauders.

During Crossett’s recruitment, his first experience with the school and the team was through the Marauders’ coaches. “It was a very positive and encouraging experience. I had met many of their coaches and got nothing but positive and encouraging feedback and advice from them,” he said. “Their interest in me as a student and an athlete showed me how connected they are with their players and how they are like a second family to each other.”

Crossett added that the experience and achievements the coaches have had during their playing and coaching careers was also a point of inspiration.

Interested in social sciences, academics played a major role in Crossett’s decision. He said that he chose McMaster because of their excellent football and academic reputation. “Their dedication to player development and winning as well as academic success made them a front-runner from the beginning,” he added. “They showed interest in helping me achieve my goals past football in the career path I hope to one day achieve.”

On top of the school’s academic support system, Crossett, who is from Ottawa, Ontario, said that the amazing facilities and campus “made me want to call this school home for the next chapter of my life.”

Last season, Crossett made his CJFL debut with the Sooners. The 6’0, 185lbs kicker and punter was named as an OFC all-star punter and he led the nation in punting average, net punt average, kickoff average and field goal percentage. In high school, while with the Colonel By Cougars (NCSSAA), he helped lead the team to a championship. The defensive captain also led the team in tackles and forced turnovers. He is a two-time NCSSAA all-star and a two-time NCAFA all-star and special teams player of the year with the Orleans Bengals.

(Feature image by Wanda Keenan).

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