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CFC TOP 100 standout to begin CIS career in home province.

One OUA team brought the perfect combination of academics and football for a CFC TOP 100 standout.

Over the weekend, Raishaun Provo committed to the Carleton Ravens for the 2014 OUS season and is thrilled with his decision.

“They have a good psychology program and have a way to build your degree to the way you want it to be,  so I felt like that was something for me,” explained Provo.  “Football wise, I have been coached by Coach Steve Sumarah (Head Coach) and Coach Ryan Bechmanis (Defensive Coordinator) for Team Ontario so I have a great relationship with them and a lot of the guys on the team who also played on Team Ontario with me last year.”

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There were also other factors that swayed his decision towards the Ravens.

“Also, just the whole feeling of being on campus and Ottawa just feels like home to me,” added Provo. “This is an up and coming program and I’m very happy that I will be a part of it next year.”

The 5’10, 206 pound running back from Pickering, Ontario comes to the Ravens with a wealth of experience on the field.  Among the teams he has suited up for include Ajax-Pickering Dolphins of the Ontario Varsity Football League (OVFL) and his high school team, St. Mary Monarchs of the Lake Ontario Secondary School Athletic Association (LOSSAA).

During his time with the Monarchs, Provo guided the team to an 8-0 record en route to a LOSSA championship playing at the quarterback position. The team has earned a berth in the OFSAA Bowl Series, which takes place this week in Etobicoke. For his exceptional play on the field, the league selected him as MVP.

This past July, the Pickering running back represented his home province as a member of Team Ontario at the 2013 Football Canada Cup in Moncton, New Brunswick.  Team Ontario won the bronze medal at the tournament.

Ravens Head Coach Steve Sumarah is thrilled to have landed a player which he has had the pleasure of coaching in recent months.

“I had the pleasure of coaching Raishaun with the Team Ontario Selects in Texas last year and we developed a great rapport,” commented Sumarah.  “With his great success in the Football Canada Cup it was an easy choice that we wanted him to be a Raven.”

“We are looking forward to working with Raishaun for the next four or five years.”

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