McGill football ‘improving tremendously’

McGill adds three local commits to their 2020 class.

When it came down to it, defensive back Liam Pietrantonio and offensive lineman Domenico Piazza from John Abbott College knew they belonged with McGill football.

Klaus Calixte, an offensive lineman from Collège André-Grasset, will also be joining McGill.


Liam Pietrantonio

Courtesy of Liam Pietrantonio.

When Liam Pietrantonio started his recruitment journey, it didn’t take him long to feel at home with McGill. “Since the first time I met the coaching staff, they treated me with much respect as if I was already a part of the team and part of the family,” he says.

Pietrantonio, who is interested in majoring in computer science and minoring in business, adds that, “I chose McGill because it is an amazing school that offers a great education and a football program that has been improving tremendously over the past few years.”

Hailing from Dollard-des-Ormeaux, Montréal, Québec, Pietrantonio has played three years with the John Abbott Islanders (RSEQ Division 2). He and his team managed to capture the 2019 Bol d’Or after coming up short for the past two years.

“I have gotten to where I am now due to continuously great support, whether that be from my coaching staff, teammates or family,” the 6’2″, 180lb cornerback says. “I’m proud to have been a part of the John Abbott football team since it has taught me so much on and off the field.”

Domenico Piazza

Courtesy of Domenico Piazza.

For Domenico Piazza, McGill covered all the bases. “I chose McGill because academics mean a lot to me, the coaching staff and environment appealed me and I see myself as a perfect fit for the program and know I can grow,” he says.

Piazza, who will be taking political science, added that the coaches are great and made him feel at home. “They are ready to win and work hard, they prioritize what’s important for the individual, classes, workouts, etc.., and the team, (like) how to prepare to win,” he adds. “Their will to work is what attracted me too.”


Standing at 6’3″, 280lbs, the tackle spent three seasons with Les Dragons du Collège Sainte-Anne (RSEQ) and three with the Islanders. In 2016, he was named as the most outstanding lineman. In 2019, he helped his team capture a Bol d’Or. He was also named as an RSEQ all-star. His peers and coaches voted him to be the ‘most outstanding lineman’ as well.

“I look forward to start competing at the next level. I am a versatile player who could play any position on the line,” Piazza says. “I work hard, and I am passionate for the game.”

He adds that, “I am lucky to have McGill, and they are lucky to have me. We complete each other, and hopefully my recruiting class and I will be able to positively affect this program for years to come.”

Klaus Calixte

Klaus Calixte is also from Montréal. He played with Les Phénix du Collège André-Grasset (RSEQ Division 1) in Cégep. Before playing with Les Phénix, he was a member of Les Cougars de St. Leonard (QMFL) as a defensive and offensive tackle. He stands at 6’4″, 300lbs.

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