Mountie pride (VIDEO)

Daniel Mills

BC & Ontario standouts join AUS Champions 2014 class.

Recently, the Mount Allison Mounties announced the commitment of six more recruits to their football program.

Daniel Mills, Morgan Humes, Adrian (Angel) Farias, Kyle Powell, JR DeLara and Austin Benn will join the team for the 2014 AUS season.


Overall, the academic and football reputation of the Sackville, New Brunswick school has prompted the 5’11, 165 pound defensive back from Abbotsford, British Columbia to make the move to the East Coast in the coming months.

“I chose MTA because it was the top undergraduate school in Canada plus I felt the football team gave me the best chance to win a Vanier Cup,” explained Mills of his commitment.

Mills enjoyed a successful high school campaign with Robert Bateman Timberwolves of the British Columbia High School Football Association (BCHSFA). This past fall, Mills scored 14 touchdowns and caught five interceptions (ranked second in the league).  For his exceptional play on the field, Mills was named a Conference All-Star. Not only is he a defensive back, but he has also played at the tight end, quarterback, wide receiver and linebacker positions in the past.

“We are excited to add Daniel as he has a knack for making plays all over the field,” commented Mounties Head Coach Kelly Jeffrey.  “It was impressive to see his highlight film in that he made plays from so many different positions on offense, defense and special teams.”

“His athleticism will be a great asset as he can contribute in a number of spots.  Daniel has great natural instincts when it comes to football as well as being a student of the game.  His inner drive will be a great fit to our program.”

Morgan Humes


The 5’10, 165 pound wide receiver/ defensive back from Ajax, Ontario chose the Sackville, New Brunswick campus because of academic and gridiron reasons.

“I decided to commit to Mount Allison because of the 16:1 student professor ratio and because it is the number one undergraduate school in Canada,” explained Humes of his decision.  “This school will help me become successful in the future and these are the main reasons why I chose Mount Allison.”

“Meeting the football team was an honour because right off the bat I felt like I was a part of their football family. Mount Allison winning the AUS championship last year was another big factor to me committing.”

Humes comes the Mounties after suiting up for the Ajax Rams of the Lake Ontario Secondary School Athletic Association (LOSSAA). This past season, he scored three touchdowns and caught four interceptions.  Additionally, he played for the Ajax-Pickering Dolphins of the Ontario Varsity Football League (OVFL).

“Morgan is a very natural athlete and can hurt you a number of ways,” assessed Jeffrey.  “We are excited to have him as his versatility allows him to provide competition at a number of positions.”

“Morgan fit really well with the team on his visit and will be a great addition as a teammate as well as a playmaker.”

Adiran Farias


The 6’3, 275 pound lineman liked the family and community atmosphere that has surrounded the AUS Champions.

“I decided to go to Mount Allison because of how much of a family the team is and how much heart they put in to all the games they play,” expressed Farias.  “I am able to get the complete package of amazing academics and an education that is second to none.”

“I talked to a lot of people that have gone there or have kids that go there and they couldn’t say anything bad about the school. They have very dedicated fans that come out and cheer them on every game that was very important to me I feel like the fans can play a huge part in helping the team get in to the right mind set. I can’t wait to become a Mountie.”

Farias, who is a native of Mendoza, Argentina, moved to Toronto when he was five years old.  The lineman suited up for the Michael Power Trojans of the Toronto District Catholic Athletic Association (TDCAA) as well as the Etobicoke Eagles of the Ontario Varsity Football League (OVFL).

“Angel brings great attitude to the offensive line,” commented Jeffrey.  “He has overcome so much as a young man and that strength of character shows in the way he performs on the field.”

“He is explosive off of the ball and relentless in his finishing of blocks.  We expect Angel to come in and raise the level of competition right away with his strength and passion to win every repetition.  With his drive it will be difficult to keep him off the field.”

Kyle Powell 2


The defensive back from Mississauga, Ontario will reunite with a couple of former teammates upon his arrival to the Sackville, New Brunswick school.  Recently, he played alongside defensive back Mickey Valcius and offensive lineman JR De Lara on the St. Roch Ravens of the Region of Peel Secondary School Athletic Association (ROPSSAA).

“Kyle adds great speed to our program,” added Jeffrey.  “He made a lot of plays this year that others couldn’t because he has another gear that most don’t.”

“We wanted to get faster and bigger as a team through recruiting this year and his speed is something that can help a number of ways whether on defense or special teams. “


The offensive lineman from Mississauga, Ontario comes to the Mounties after playing for the St. Roch Ravens of the Region of Peel Secondary School Athletic Association (ROPSSAA).

As for the Mounties, the team has high hopes for De Lara.

“JR has great potential and will be someone to watch in the future,” commented Jeffrey.  “His ability to move and run as an offensive lineman is difficult to match.”

“We are excited to add his athleticism to our program and feel he has a very high ceiling for improvement.  As JR continues to grow he will be someone to watch in the future.”

By virtue of his commitment, he will reunite with Ravens teammates – defensive backs Kyle Powell and Mickey Valcius.


The 5’10, 165 pound wide receiver from Pickering, Ontario guided the St. Mary Monarchs of the Lake Ontario Secondary School Athletic Association (LOSSAA) to their first ever OFSAA Bowl victory.

Moreover, he was a member of the Ajax-Pickering Dolphins of the Ontario Varsity Football League (OVFL).

“Austin is a dynamic player and has an ability to make plays even when he is heavily covered,” said Jeffrey.  “He has shown he can elevate his game as competition gets tougher and will be tough to cover one on one. “

“Austin has great ball skills and will only get better as he continues to get stronger.  He is someone who is committed to being the best every time out on the field.”




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