Offensive line additions (VIDEO)

Hudson Baribeau and Jeff Cummins

Manitoba & Ontario lineman newest recruits to join AUS team’s 2014 class.

In the coming months, offensive linemen from two different provinces will move out East to begin their CIS careers.

Hudson Baribeau and Ian Watt committed to the Acadia Axemen late last week.  Both recruits will join the team for the 2014 AUS season.

Hudson Baribeau 2


During his official visit to the Wolfville, Nova  Scotia campus, the 6’4, 270 pound offensive lineman from Winnipeg, Manitoba was attracted not only to the strengths of the academic and football programs but the beautiful surroundings as well.

“The overall atmosphere of the school was amazing; everyone was extremely nice to me and I really liked the idea of having small classes,” recalled Baribeau.  “One of the major things that helped make my decision was simply how beautiful the campus was; I was amazed by how nice it looked.”

“The football program at Acadia has always performed well and has been competitive which really attracted me. Everyone there was extremely welcoming and made me feel at home, especially all the coaches. My families support made my decision that much easier and I knew then that Acadia would be the perfect fit.”

This past fall, Baribeau guided the St, Paul’s Crusaders of the Winnipeg High School Football League (WHSFL) to their third consecutive Provincial Championship.  He captained the Crusaders offensive line.  Moreover, the offensive lineman has represented his home province as a member of Team Manitoba at two Football Canada Cups – 2012 in London, Ontario and 2013 in Moncton, New Brunswick.

“Hudson is a young offensive lineman we have big plans for and believe he has the makings of another All-Conference lineman in a long line of Axemen trench men,” commented Acadia Axemen Head Coach Jeff Cummins.   “Unfortunately for Hudson in grade 11, he suffered a bad ankle injury but showed the perseverance we are always looking for and bounced back to ultimate success as ‘AAA’ champs in Winnipeg High School football.”

“Hudson’s technique and skill have gotten better each year and he was a two time Football Canada Cup star for team Manitoba. We are really excited to get Hudson on campus and can’t wait to get him into the Axemen offensive line family.”

Ian Watt


The 6’3, 260 pound offensive lineman from London, Ontario comes to the Axemen after completing his high school career with AB Lucas Vikings of the Thames Valley Region Athletic Association (TVRAA).

“Ian is a powerful player who isn’t afraid to mix it up in the trenches,” said Cummins.  “Whether he is pass setting or working to the second level tracking a linebacker he will punish defenders and finish all plays.”

“We really enjoyed Ian on his recruiting trip and believe that with our combination of great academics and small classes here at Acadia University, Ian will be extremely successful. We want to welcome Ian to the Axemen family and look forward to seeing him in August.”


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