Port Colborne recruit selects Queen’s (VIDEO)

Port Colborne linebacker joins OUA team’s 2015 class.

Queen’s Golden Gaels have announced that Phil Stratton has committed to their football program.

Stratton, the 6’0, 215 pound linebacker from Port Colborne, Ontario will join the team for the 2015 OUA season.

The defensive standout comes to the team after capping off a successful career with Lakeshore Catholic Gators of the Niagara Region High School Athletic Association (NRHSAA). This past season, Stratton registered 78 tackles, including 28 solo tackles, six forced fumbles and a fumble recovery in eight games. He was named as a NRHSAA All-Star in 2013 and also guided the Gators to a Golden Horseshoe Bowl victory in 2012.

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In addition to the Gators, Stratton has also suited up for the Niagara Storm of the Ontario Football Conference (OFC). During his time with the Storm, he was named OFC Defensive Player of the Week as well as Team MVP in 2013.

Not only is he a linebacker, but he has also previously played at both the defensive back and fullback positions.

“Phil Stratton is a great addition to our football club at Queen’s,” commented Golden Gaels Head Coach Pat Sheahan.  “He is in very good shape and looks like he has some growth potential.”

“He is rough and tough and will be a great addition to our defense and special teams.  He has been well coached at Lakeshore Catholic in Port Colborne and I am pleased to have him with us moving forward.”

As for the Ontario linebacker, there were several different reasons he committed to the Kingston, Ontario school.

“I chose Queens because of the great atmosphere around the school, the family environment that the team creates, the beautiful campus, the stadium renovations as well as the storied history of the Program as well as the university itself,” expressed Stratton.

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