SMU commits feel welcomed by team

Huskies add one local commit and two out-of-province commits to their 2019 class.

Whether they are new to the region or already familair with it, Ifeoluwa Adebogun, a wide receiver from Archbishop M.C. O’Neill Catholic High School, Ryaan Dalloul, a linebacker from Sir John A. MacDonald High School, and Alvin Shimoli, a defensive back from Holy Trinity Catholic High School, will be starting a new adventure with the St. Mary’s Huskies.

Ifeoluwa Adebogun

Leaving the Prairies behind, Ifeoluwa Adebogun from Regina, Saskatchewan, is on a direct course to the East Coast. He said he chose St. Mary’s “because they have a good football program and I would like to contribute to the team. Also, the coaching staff is nice, and the head coach is easy to talk to.”

Adebogun, who is interested in psychology, spent three years with the O’Neill Titans (RHSAA). Standing at 6’1, 195lbs, his primary positions are slotback and wide receiver. He was the special teams player of the year in 2017 and the ‘grade 12’ of the year in 2018.

Ryaan Dalloul

Already living with the East Coast flare, Ryaan Dalloul is staying in his hometown of Halifax, Nova Scotia. “St. Mary’s is not far from my house, so I won’t be paying for residence and I will live with my family, which I love,” Dalloul said.

“Head Coach Colzie and Coach Tufford made the decision easy and helping me with how I can do the best for myself in school and on the field,” he added.

Dalloul, who is 5’7, 175lbs, is interested in criminology. He said St. Mary’s is “a great school with a great criminology program.”

Not the first member of his family to play football, Dalloul’s older brother played in the CFL before he broke his leg. “Football has run through my daily for years,” Dalloul said. He spent three years with the Sir John A. MacDonald Flames (NSSSFA). He was rookie of the year in 2016. He won the Laurie and Richard Outstanding Achievement award in 2017 and the Chris Davis Team Spirit award the following year. He is also a three-time all-star.

Alvin Shimoli

For Alvin Shimoli, school will be a long way from his hometown of Fort McMurray, Alberta. “I chose SMU because I feel welcomed there,” he said. “I feel like the coaches care about my development on and off the field.”

Shimoli has been playing football for three years. The 6’2, 170lbs cornerback played with the Fort McMurray Ravens (CDMFA) and the Holy Trinity Knights (BRL). He was a defensive MVP with the Ravens in 2017. While with Northern Elite, he was the top defensive back and top defensive performer in 2018.

“I am grateful to have a supportive family,” Shimoli said, “as well as many great coaches who have helped me be who I am.”

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