Rams welcoming team attracts 2

Rams welcome two out-of-province commits to their 2019 class.

Signing with a U Sports team is a special team, and it is even more special to do it with a teammate. For offensive lineman Connor Taylor and receiver Lachlan Hardiker from Medicine Hat High School, the pair will be joining the University of Regina Rams together.

Connor Taylor

Courtesy of Connor Taylor.

When Connor Taylor visited the Rams, he received a warm welcome. “Coaches and players were very welcoming and made me feel like (I was) a part of the team before I even signed. Also, being (in) a smaller city appealed to me,” he said.

“The coaches were very down-to-earth. They treated us like they really wanted me to be a part of their program,” Taylor added. “They all were really respectful throughout the whole process.”

The 6’4, 280lbs tackle is interested in education.

Originally from Miramichi, New Brunswick, Taylor has since called Medicine Hat, Alberta, home. He played with the Medicine Hat Mohawks (RFL) in high school and was lineman of the year in 2018. He was also an RFL all-star the same season.

Lachlan Hardiker

Courtesy of Lachlan Hardiker.

When it comes down to the Rams, Lachlan Hardiker echoes his teammate’s sentiments. “The school size was perfect. The people I met there and the facilities were top-notch,” he said. “Their coaching staff were extremely welcoming, and they had a good plan set out for me.”

Hardiker, who is 6’5, 185lbs, is also interested in taking education.

Hailing from Medicine Hat, Hardiker started his career in grade seven. A fellow Medicine Hat Mohawk, he was offensive MVP in grade 11. The following year he won the coaches’ choice award. He is a two-time all-star in grades 11 and 12 and is a three-time RFL champion.

While he picked the Rams, Hardiker said, “I would like to say thanks to all the schools that have looked at me and given me an opportunity to play at the next level.”

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