MTA academics main attraction for commits

Mounties add two New Brunswick commits and one out-of-province commit to their 2019 class.

Ben Frew, a defensive lineman from École L’Odyssée, Dom Hall, a slotback from Leo Hayes High School, and Bailey Murrell, a linebacker from Dryden High School, are excited to get to work with the Mount Allison Mounties.

Ben Frew

Over the past few years, Ben Frew has had the chance to visit Mount Allison for football-related events. “I always liked the small-town vibe and how football is so important to that town. I also believe in what they’re building out in Sackville with all the new coaching staff,” he said.

“I’m excited to be a part of this program and to see where we can go,” he added. “There’s a lot of new coaches out at Mount A and I have faith in them to point the program in the right direction and be a force in the AUS for the years to come.”

Along with football, Frew said that the school is fantastic academically. Interested in taking nursing, Frew intends on taking either business or science at Mount Allison before taking the accelerated nursing program at the University of New Brunswick.

Frew, who is 6’7, 243lbs, has spent the last four years playing with the L’Odyssée Olympiens (NBHSFL) in his hometown of Moncton, New Brunswick. In that time, he was a defensive lineman of the year, a NBIAA defensive all-star and an MVP for his school. He was also named to CFC’s Maritime defensive all-star team.

Dom Hall

It didn’t take long for Dom Hall to feel comfortable with the Mounties. “When I went for my visits, they treated me very well. I didn’t feel uncomfortable and it felt like home right away,” said the product of Fredericton, New Brunswick. “Also, it wasn’t too far form home, which was a plus.”

He added that he thinks the coaches are “really good! When I was down, they were really focused and believed in the program and the guys that they have there.”

Standing at 5’8, 175lbs, Hall is interested in taking psychology.

Hall’s career has spanned over eight seasons. In high school he played with the Leo Hayes Lions (NBHSFL). He was a special teams MVP in 2017 and recipient of the ‘Lion Heart’ award the following season. This past summer he played in the ABC all-Canada Bowl in Chilliwack, BC. He was also selected to go to the Grey Cup in Edmonton as a Nissan all-Canadian.

Bailey Murrell

For Bailey Murrell, it was all about academics. “Mount Allison was my university of choice due to its excellent reputation for academics,” he said. He has applied to a Bachelor of Science. “This program interests me because it is something that comes natural and that I excel in right now.”

In terms of football, Murrell said that the “tight knit community attracted me even more. Mount Allison’s coaching staff is terrific. You can tell that they really care about you as both a person and a player. They want to make sure that you are content with everything and ready to go perform both academically and athletically.”

Murrell spent four years with the Dryden Eagles (WHSFL) in his hometown of Dryden, Ontario. He was a 2016 WHSFL CanadInns Bowl champion. He also led the Eagles in touchdown receptions for the past two seasons. The 6’1, 205lbs athlete plays multiple positions on the offence and defence.

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