MTA commits have faith in team’s coaches

Mounties welcome an out-of-province commit and a local commit to their 2019 class.

Gabriel Stevenson, a defensive lineman from Garden City Collegiate, and Jack Estabrooks, a linebacker from Tantramar Regional High School, are ready to earn their places on the Mount Allison Mounties.

Gabriel Stevenson

Courtesy of Gabriel Stevenson.

“I chose MTA because of the family atmosphere. The coaches and players made me feel like a part of the family. Everyone was so welcoming, and I wanted a chance to come into my freshman year and compete for a starting spot,” Gabriel Stevenson said.

“I believe in what Head Coach Fraser is building out in Sackville and I think Mount Allison, with the coaches they have out there, are going to start making a push for an AUS championship in the next couple of years for sure,” he added.

Stevenson is interested in studying either sociology or performing arts. He said that “MTA, in my opinion, was a perfect fit and what I wanted academically and football wise.”

At a towering 6’7, 235lbs, Stevenson shores up the defensive line as a defensive end. He has spent four years playing football. Hailing from Winnipeg, Manitoba, he was a member of the Garden City Gophers (WHSFL) in high school.

“I want to thank my coaches at Garden City, coaches Wilks, Readman and Bannon, for believing in me and helping me become the player I am today,” Stevenson said. “I couldn’t have this opportunity without them.”

Jack Estabrooks

By Pamela Schneider.

Jack Estabrooks is about to make a longstanding dream come true. “It’s in my hometown and I’ve always wanted to play for them,” he said. “The atmosphere at the games and support from the community, it’s amazing.”

Estabrooks, who is from Sackville, New Brunswick, added that, “I like their (the coaches’) philosophy and they are committed to making us the best.”

Standing at 5’10, 180lbs, the potential commerce student has been playing football for eight years. In high school he played with the Tantramar Titans (NBHSFL). He is a two-time all-star in 2016 and 2017. He helped his team win three back-to-back-to-back championships in 2015, 2016 and 2017. He was also player of the year in 2017.

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