McMaster isn’t finished yet, adds five more to class

One of the country’s biggest and best recruiting classes got even bigger and better on June 16, as the McMaster football program announced five additions to the crop of over 50 incoming student-athletes already headed to Hamilton in the Fall.

Multi-purpose athletes Jesse Odey and Enoch Penney-Laryea, and outside linebacker/defensive back combo Will Hudson, join the Marauders fresh from the American high school and NCAA systems, while local product Max Guy and Vancouver’s Reuben Buchanan provide help in the trenches.

“McMaster is a good fit for Will, Jesse, Enoch, Max and Reuben academically, and we are looking forward to working with them and are certain they will have a positive influence on our program on and off the field,” says Marauders head coach Greg Knox.

A native of Abujah, Nigeria, the 5’10”, 195-pound Odey was named the 2016 Defensive MVP at Walter Johnson High School in Bethesda, Maryland, while also featuring as a running back.

Recruited to Union College, which competes in the NCAA Division III’s Liberty League, the linebacker/running back combo Penney-Laryea made only one appearance before missing the remainder of the 2016 season due to injury.

The 6’1″, 215-pound native of Tuckahoe, NY earned New York All-State and All-Section honours in track at the high school level.

Hudson also joins McMaster from the ranks of the NCAA, having spent three seasons with Shippensburg of Division II’s Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC). A freshman starter in 2014, Hudson made 11 appearances for the Red Raiders in 2016 and appeared on the Dean’s List.

Football has deep roots in the Hudson family, as Will’s father Warren was a 10-year veteran of the CFL and the Most Valuable Canadian of the 1990 Grey Cup while playing for the Winnipeg Blue Bombers.

Born in Oakville, Ont., Hudson played his high school football at Lorne Park in Mississauga and Western New York’s St. Francis.

Knox believes that McMaster can have continued success recruiting in the United States, with its high profile both on the football field and in the classroom.

“We have and will continue to spend more time focusing recruiting efforts in the United States,” he said. “McMaster’s strong academic reputation internationally, combined with a successful football program and great facilities can make it an attractive destination.”

A 6’5″, 275-pound lineman, Guy was a high school standout at Waterdown and played junior football in the Hamilton Football Association in 2016.

Another player with a proud football pedigree, Guy’s brother Dylan is a current member of the Saskatchewan Roughriders after a varsity career at the University of Buffalo, while his father Shawn featured for Purdue and was a 1987 draft pick of the Hamilton Tiger-Cats.

His commitment to McMaster marks a homecoming of sorts for Buchanan, a 6’1″, 275-pound product of Vancouver’s Notre Dame High School. A British Columbia AAA All-Star in 2016, Buchanan has family connections in Hamilton, where his father Peter played for the Tiger-Cats in 1989-90.

Recruit Bios:

Enoch Penney-Laryea

Position: Linebacker/Running Back
Height: 6’1″
Weight: 215 lbs
Hometown: Tuckahoe, NY
HIGHLIGHTS

Jesse Odey

Position: Linebacker/Running Back
Height: 5’10”
Weight: 195 lbs
Hometown: Abujah, Nigeria
High School: Walter Johnson (Bethesda, MD)
Awards: 2016 Defensive MVP – Walter Johnson
HIGHLIGHTS

Will Hudson

Position: Defensive Back/Linebacker
Height: 5’10”
Weight: 185 lbs
Hometown: Oakville, ON
High School: Lorne Park/St. Francis (NY)
Previous Team: Shippensburg (Div. II)
HIGHLIGHTS

Max Guy

Position: Defensive Line
Height: 6’5″
Weight: 275 lbs
Hometown: Burlington, ON
High School: Waterdown
HIGHLIGHTS

Reuben Buchanan

Position: Offensive Line
Height: 6’1″
Weight: 275 lbs
Hometown: Vancouver, BC
High School: Notre Dame (BC)
HIGHLIGHTS

 

Source: McMaster Marauders Athletics

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