Redmen building up defense with 3 new commits

Redmen welcome two local commits and one out-of-province commit to their 2017 class.

The Redmen have been busy stocking up on offensive commits as of late, but now they have shifted their focus to the defensive harvest. They have plucked recruits cornerback Chico Mbiya Jr. from Cégep Vieux-Montréal, outside linebacker Hamza Kabir from St-Andrew’s College and defensive lineman Jesse Bellemare from Cégep Trois-Riviere from the available talent pool.

Chico Mabiya Jr.

Chico Mbiya Jr. Courtesy of Ron Hilaire.

Chico Mbiya Jr. Courtesy of Ron Hilaire.

Chico Mbiya Jr. hails from St-Hubert in Longueil, Québec, which is across river from Montréal. The 5’11, 185lbs athlete was drawn to McGill because of the current situation of the team. “I chose this school because I really liked the rebuild idea and all the prospect coming into 2016,” he said.

“It’s the best university in Canada and the recruits started talking to me at the end of my last year and they stayed dedicated towards me,” added the Vieux-Montréal Spartiate (RSEQ Division 1).

Mbiya Jr. has been involved in football for five years. He said he is interested in going into either Human Resources or Marketing in university.

Hamza Kabir

Courtesy of Hamza Kabir

Courtesy of Hamza Kabir

Hamza Kabir will be travelling to La Belle Provence from his GTA hometown of Brampton, Ontario. It was the allure of McGill that brought this outside linebacker and long snapper to Québec. “The strong academics at this school really pulled me in as well as the support system that was given by the team,” he said.

The product of the St. Andrew’s College Saints (Conference of Independent Schools Athletics Association) was also impressed with the Redmen’s coaches. “All the coaches are great, straight forward with you and really show that they care for your well being as a student athlete,” Kabir said.

The 5’11, 200lbs football player has suited up for his fair share of teams. He was a member of the Brampton Bulldogs (OVFL) and the Guelph Junior Gryphons (OFC). He has represented Team Ontario twice in the International Bowl and at the Football Canada Cup. He was also selected for the U19 edition of Team Canada.

Jesse Bellemare

Jesse Bellemare. Courtesy of Ron Hilaire.

Jesse Bellemare. Courtesy of Ron Hilaire.

Montréaler Jesse Bellemare will be staying home when he joins the Redmen. While he is unsure whether to pursue a bachelor in Physical Health and Education or a Kinesiology degree, he is impressed with McGill’s prestige.

“I decided to commit with McGill because it’s one of the best school in Canada from the academic side. It was also a great way to be back in my hometown,” Bellemare said.

Standing at 6’1, 240lbs, Bellemare spent his Cégep ball with Les Diablos du Cégep de Trois-Rivières (RSEQ Division 2). He will now have the chance to develop his play under the tutelage of the Redmen’s coaching staff.

“I think that Mcgill have a really good coaching staff. I think that I have a great opportunity to work with one of the best defensive line coaches in the league,” he said.

Bellemare has been on the gridiron since the age of 12. He started with Les Arches D’Hochelaga-Maisonneuve. He soon left for the Cougars de St-Leonard (Montréal Regional Football League) after a year because his former team had too few players. After three years as a Cougar, he committed to the Diablos in 2014. He spent three seasons with the Diablos.

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