MTA adds three ‘backs to their team

Mounties add three out-of-province commits to their 2018 class.

The Mount Allison Mounties have recruited a ‘backs’ trio consisting of running back Nolan Gusikoski from William Aberhart High School, linebacker Xavier Watson from Monsignor Paul Dywer Catholic High School and defensive back Luke Johnston from Horton High School.

Pete Fraser, the Mounties head coach, said he would like to “welcome this group of outstanding football players and young men to Mount Allison.”

Nolan Gusikoski

Nolan Gusikoski is from Calgary, Alberta, where he played with the William Aberhart Trojans (CHSAA) and the Calgary Mavericks (CAMFA). The 5’11, 165lbs athlete is a two-time high school MVP, Division 2 all-star and Division 2 champion. He was also the Trojans’ offensive player of the year. During his bantam days with the Mavericks, he was named as an MVP. When he joined the midget squad, he won a Division 2 championship, was a 2016 all-star and was the offensive player of the year.

“Nolan is a very versatile back who can both catch and run the football,” Fraser said. “Our OC, Coach Richard, is very excited to work with him. He has the tools to develop into a good university player.”

Xavier Watson

From his hometown of Oshawa, Ontario, Xavier Watson has played for the Toronto Thunder (OVFL), the Oshawa Hawkeyes (OVFL), and the Monsignor Paul Dwyer Saints (LOSSA). Standing at 5’11, 205lbs, he is a two-time MVP for the Saints. He also won two LOSSA and one OFSAA championship with the team and was a LOSAA league MVP. He was also a member of the Saint Mary’s Monarchs where he captured another LOSSA and OFSAA championship. He is a former OVFL all-star.

When it comes to his new linebacker, Fraser said that Watson is athletic and should compete early on. He added that he should be helpful on special teams as well since he can run.

Luke Johnston

Luke Johnston is a former member of the Horton Griffins (NSSAF). While with the team, the product of Wolfville, Nova Scotia, was recognized as a NSSAF First Team all-star. He also won the Chuck Calder Unsung Hero award. He is 5’10, 165lbs.

“Luke Johnston is a very smart and physical defensive back,” Fraser said. “I look forward to seeing him develop.”

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