OL are ‘secret heroes’ according to OL LeBel


Courtesy of Jeremy LeBel.

Football is a game of intricacy where each player has a designated task, and Jérémy LeBel understands that it takes brains as much as brawn to be an effective player.

“Football is my passion. Everyone thinks that the game is about hitting, but there is so much tactics behind this sport. You have to be smart to play this game and that’s what I love about it,” LeBel said.

Situated on the offensive line, the guard understands that his job isn’t as glamorous as say, the quarterback or receivers. But, he has a unique way of looking at his integral position. “I like the fact that we (offensive linemen) are the secret heroes since no one else watching us in the stands knows what we are doing,” LeBel said.

Over the course of his five-year career, LeBel has won several “best offensive lineman” awards. He also won a gold medal with Team Québec at the 2017 Football Canada Cup. While attending the camps for the Spaulding Cup and for Team Québec, LeBel said he was always a top prospect compared to the others.

The secret to LeBel’s success? He said that he thinks it’s because he understands the aspects of football very well. When combined with his size, he said it gives him an edge. “My dad got me into football because he always saw in me a big and good football player,” LeBel said. “He was right!”

Courtesy of Jeremy LeBel.

LeBel’s father wasn’t all talk either. LeBel said his father is his inspiration because “he’s the one who put in extra time with me to make me good. I love him and will be forever thankful.”

After five years with Les Citadins de la Cité-des-Jeunes (RSEQ) in high school, LeBel will be joining Le Noir et Or du Collège de Valleyfield (RSEQ Division 2). When he hits Le Noir et Or’s field this upcoming season, he will be following in the footsteps of one of his football inspirations, former Le Noir et Or lineman, Jonathan Plé.

LeBel said he models his game after Plé, who has since signed with the Laval Rouge et Or, because “he has a unique work ethic that I look up to and he has a crazy strength that I’m working hard to have.”

After playing cégep ball, LeBel hopes to play for a university team. But, first he is looking at the new season. He plans on improving his physical capacity through going to the gym and through running. “Seeing the difference between high school ball and cégep ball, am I ready? Yes, I’m confident,” he said. “I think it will go very well.”

Jérémy LeBel (#62)
Offensive guard
6’2, 295lbs

Teams: Les Citadins de la Cité-des-Jeunes, Team Québec
Official visits: none
Unofficial visits: none
Considerations: open
Class: 2017 (high school)

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