Marauders Unveil 2017 Offensive Recruiting Class

For months, Greg Knox and his re-formed staff have canvassed the country for its best and brightest football talent, looking to restock the shelves of McMaster’s depth chart ahead of the 2017 season.

On Thursday, the program announced the first major wave of what it believes to be a transformative recruiting class, unveiling 30 fresh faces headed to the McMaster on the offensive side of the ball.

“This year’s class is going to be a big one by necessity,” head coach Greg Knox explained. “Our numbers of returning student-athletes are relatively low across multiple positions, as we’ve had a high number of graduates and lean numbers at some positions in recent recruiting classes.

“We anticipate this large class will normalize our roster situation moving forward and make for an extremely competitive training camp come August.”

In-province talent, as always, constitutes a large portion of the class in 2017. But a concerted effort has been made to broaden the reach of the Marauders beyond the borders of Ontario, resulting in a cohort of incoming student-athletes from Western football hotbeds in British Columbia, Alberta and Manitoba.

“We are very excited to announce the addition of these young men to the Marauder family,” said Knox.

“This is a talented group, with tons of potential, that will add speed and size on both sides of the ball with student athletes that we are confident will be good fits on and off the field at McMaster.”

The Marauders staff is hard at work completing the 2017 class, and an announcement of the defensive additions will follow in the near future.

2017 McMaster Offensive Recruiting Class

NAME: Pos: H: W: Hometown: Name: POS: H: W: Hometown
Justice Allin RB 5’9 185 Toronto, ON Tolu Ojo FB 6’0 225 Calgary, AB
Tommy Nield WR 6’3 190 Guelph, ON Steve Appleyard FB 6’1 220 LaSalle, ON
Matt Hurley WR 6’3 195 Courtice, ON Zach Beno QB 6’4 220 Hamilton, ON
Jackson White QB 6’4 210 Cambridge, ON Jacob Allwood OL 6’5 250 Brantford, ON
Logan McComb OL 6’5 275 Owen Sound, ON Sebastian Krawchenko ATH 6’2 190 Hamilton, ON
Cameron Smith OL 6’7 280 Belmont, ON Marco Aref WR 5’11 195 Ancaster, ON
Jake Dacyshyn TE 6’3 220 Toronto, ON Clark Adams WR 6’0 180 Stoney Creek, ON
Tavian Shand ATH 5’8 165 Kitchener, ON Pascal D’Ambrosio OL 6’4 295 Hamilton, ON
Andreas Dueck QB 6’2 190 Winnipeg, MB Wes Austin WR 6’3 170 Burlington, ON
Wyatt Edmonds OL 6’3 275 Winnipeg, MB Noah Griffith ATH 6’1 195 Burlington, ON
Stefanos Goulas RB 5’11 220 Tsawwassen, BC Noah Brown OL 6’5 305 Burlington, ON
Trew Dancy ATH 6’2 190 New Westminster, BC Raymar Lloyd ATH 5’9 190 Oakville, ON
Justin Smith OL 6’5 285 Delta, BC Connor Graham OL 6’2 270 Burlington, ON
Gary Ghag OL 6’3 270 Abbotsford, BC Cameron Madruga FB / TE 6’2 220 Oakville, ON
Jacob Durka WR 6’1 170 Hamilton, ON Keaton Bruggeling WR 6’4 215 St Catharines, ON

Recruit Bios

11637

Justice Allin

Position: Running Back
Height: 5’9″
Weight: 185 lbs
Hometown: Toronto, Ontario
High School: Etobicoke Collegiate
Club Team: Etobicoke Eagles
Awards: OFSAA Northern Bowl Champion, OVFL All-Star, ECI Offensive MVP
HIGHLIGHTS

11662

Tommy Nield

Position: Wide Receiver
Height: 6’3″
Weight: 190 lbs
Hometown: Guelph, Ontario
High School: Centennial
Club Team: Guelph Jr. Gryphons
All-Star Teams: Team Ontario U18, Team Canada 2017
Awards: OFC Champion, OFC All-Star, CFC100, District 10 Champion, District 10 Offensive MVP
HIGHLIGHTS

11656

Matt Hurley

Position: Wide Receiver
Height: 6’3″
Weight: 195 lbs
Hometown: Courtice, Ontario
High School: Holy Trinity
Club Team: Oshawa Hawkeyes
All-Star Teams: Team Ontario U18
Awards: OVFL All-Star
HIGHLIGHTS

11665

Jackson White

Position: Quarterback
Height: 6’4″
Weight: 210 lbs
Hometown: Cambridge, Ontario
High School: Jacob Hespeler
Club Team: Cambridge Lions
Awards: OVFL Champion, OVFL All-Star, CWOSSA Champion, WCSSAA All-Star, Doug Shuh Award, Hatter Strong Memorial Award
HIGHLIGHTS

11661

Logan McComb

Position: Offensive Lineman
Height: 6’5″
Weight: 275 lbs
Hometown: Owen Sound, Ontario
High School: West Hill
HIGHLIGHTS

Cameron Smith

Position: Offensive Lineman
Height: 6’7″
Weight: 280 lbs
Hometown: Belmont, Ontario
High School: RICC
Awards: Regina Mundi Lineman of the Year
HIGHLIGHTS

11646

Jake Dacyshyn

Position: Tight End
Height: 6’3″
Weight: 220 lbs
Hometown: Toronto, Ontario
High School: Etobicoke Collegiate
Club Team: Etobicoke Eagles
Awards: OFSAA Northern Bowl Champion, Toronto High School All-Star
HIGHLIGHTS

11644

Keaton Bruggeling

Position: Wide Receiver
Height: 6’4″
Weight: 215 lbs
Hometown: St. Catharines, Ontario
High School: Eden
Club Team: Niagara Spears
All-Star Teams: Ontario Prospects Challenge
HIGHLIGHTS

11649

Andreas Dueck

Position: Quarterback
Height: 6’2″
Weight: 190 lbs
Hometown: Winnipeg, Manitoba
High School: Vincent Massey
All-Star Teams: Team Canada 2017, Team Manitoba U18
Awards: WHSFL Offensive Player of the Year, CFC All-Canadian
HIGHLIGHTS

11651

Wyatt Edmonds

Position: Offensive Line
Height: 6’3″
Weight: 275 lbs
Hometown: Winnipeg, Manitoba
High School: St. Paul’s
All-Star Teams: Team Manitoba U16/U18
Awards: WHSFL Champion, St. Paul’s Outstanding Lineman
HIGHLIGHTS

11653

Stefanos Goulas

Position: Running Back
Height: 5’11”
Weight: 220 lbs
Hometown: Tsawwassen, British Columbia
High School: South Delta
All-Star Teams: Team BC 2016, All-Star Youth 2015, Star Bowl 2013/2014
Awards: McDonalds Cup MVP Scholarship, 2014 Provincial Champion
HIGHLIGHTS

11648

Trew Dancy

Position: Athlete
Height: 6’2″
Weight: 190 lbs
Hometown: New Westminster, British Columbia
High School: New Westminster
Awards: CFC100, Sidoo Family Scholarship Award, New Westminster Defensive MOP, Best Back Award
HIGHLIGHTS

11657

Justin Smith

Position: Offensive Lineman
Height: 6’5″
Weight: 285 lbs
Hometown: Delta, British Columbia
High School: South Delta
All-Star Teams: 2014 Star Bowl, 2014 Provincial Champion
HIGHLIGHTS

11652

Gary Ghag

Position: Offensive/Defensive Lineman
Height: 6’3″
Weight: 270 lbs
Hometown: Abbotsford, British Columbia
High School: WJ Mouat
Awards: Outstanding Lineman Award 2016-17
HIGHLIGHTS

11663

Tolu Ojo

Position: Full Back
Height: 6’0″
Weight: 225 lbs
Hometown: Calgary, Alberta
High School: Bert Church
HIGHLIGHTS

11639

Steve Appleyard

Position: Full Back/Linebacker
Height: 6’1″
Weight: 220 lbs
Hometown: LaSalle, Ontario
High School: Villanova
Club Teams: Windsor Fratmen & Essex Ravens
Awards: Second Team WECSSA All-Star
HIGHLIGHTS

11642

Zach Beno

Position: Quarterback
Height: 6’4″
Weight: 220 lbs
Hometown: Hamilton, Ontario
High School: St. Thomas More/Canada Prep
Club Team: Hamilton Hurricanes
All-Star Teams: Team Ontario International Bowl/Ontario Prospects Challenge (OPC)

11638

Jacob Allwood

Position: Offensive/Defensive Lineman
Height: 6’5″
Weight: 250 lbs
Hometown: Brantford, Ontario
High School: Brantford Collegiate Institute
Club Team: Hamilton Jr. Ticats
All-Star Teams: Ontario Prospects Challenge
Awards: OFC Champion

11658

Sebastian Krawchenko

Position: Athlete
Height: 6’2″
Weight: 190 lbs
Hometown: Hamilton, Ontario
High School: Westmount

11650
Jacob Durka

Position: Athlete
Height: 6’1″
Weight: 170 lbs
Hometown: Hamilton, Ontario
High School: Cathedral
Club Team: Hamilton Ironmen
All-Star Teams: Steel City Bowl 2016, Team Ontario – International Bowl
Awards: Cathedral Team MVP 2015/2016
HIGHLIGHTS

11640

Marco Aref

Position: Wide Receiver
Height: 5’11”
Weight: 195 lbs
Hometown: Ancaster, Ontario
High School: Bishop Tonnos
All-Star Teams: Team Ontario U18
HIGHLIGHTS

11636

Clark Adams

Position: Wide Receiver
Height: 6’0″
Weight: 180 lbs
Hometown: Stoney Creek, Ontario
High School: Cardinal Newman
Club Team: Hamilton Hurricanes
Awards: CFC100, 2015 OFSAA Finalist

11647

Pascal D’Ambrosio

Position: Offensive Lineman
Height: 6’4″
Weight: 295 lbs
Hometown: Hamilton, Ontario
High School: Cardinal Newman
Club Team: Hamilton Hurricanes
Awards: OFC All-Star, Hamilton Hurricanes Offensive MVP, OFC Champion 2015

11641

Wes Austin

Position: Wide Receiver
Height: 6’3″
Weight: 170 lbs
Hometown: Burlington, Ontario
High School: Assumption
Club Team: Burlington Stampeders

11655
Noah Griffith

Position: Athlete
Height: 6’1″
Weight: 195 lbs
Hometown: Burlington, Ontario
High School: Assumption
Club Team: Burlington Stampeders
All-Star Teams: Ontario Prospects Challenge
HIGHLIGHTS

11643

Noah Brown

Position: Offensive Lineman
Height: 6’5″
Weight: 305 lbs
Hometown: Burlington, Ontario
High School: MM Robinson
Club Team: Burlington Stampeders

11659
Raymar Lloyd

Position: Athlete
Height: 5’9″
Weight: 190 lbs
Hometown: Oakville, Ontario
High School: Loyola
Club Team: Burlington Stampeders
All-Star Teams: Ontario Prospects Challenge, Team Ontario – International Bowl
HIGHLIGHTS

11654

Connor Graham

Position: Offensive Lineman
Height: 6’2″
Weight: 270 lbs
Hometown: Burlington, Ontario
High School: Nelson
Club Team: Hamilton Jr. Ticats
All-Star Teams: Team Ontario U18
Awards: OFSAA Champion, OFC All-Star
HIGHLIGHTS

11660

Cam Madruga

Position: Full Back/Tight End
Height: 6’2″
Weight: 220 lbs
Hometown: Oakville, Ontario
High School: TA Blakelock
Club Team: Oakville Titans
HIGHLIGHTS

11664

Tavian Shand

Position: Athlete
Height: 5’8″
Weight: 165 lbs
Hometown: Kitchener, Ontario
High School: Forest Heights
Club Teams: Twin City Predators
All-Star Teams: Team Ontario U18, Team Ontario – International Bowl
Awards: Twin City Predators MVP, Waterloo Region All-Star
HIGHLIGHTS

 

Source: McMaster Marauders

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