SMU Huskies offered ‘home away from home’

SMU adds an out-of-province commit to their Class of 2018.

For his dad’s birthday, Nicholai Sauer, a long-snapper from the Royal Imperial Collegiate of Canada, got him something quite special, a signed letter of intent to play with the Saint Mary’s Huskies.

Sauer will be exchanging the steel mills and high-rises of his hometown of Hamilton, Ontario, for the fresh ocean spray of the port city of Halifax, Nova Scotia. “I committed to St. Mary’s for the love of the team atmosphere, the coaching staff and the environment St. Mary’s has to offer and more importantly, the City of Halifax,” he said.

Courtesy of Nicholai Sauer.

“The coaching staff was very humble, kind and respectful. They put me and the other recruits before themselves on the trip and always tried to make you feel welcome and present a home away from home,” he added.

In the life of a student-athlete, academics is always coupled with sport. Sauer is interested in taking entrepreneurship. He said that St. Mary’s offered his number one choice of courses that not many other schools had to offer.

In his career, Sauer, who is 6’0, 220lbs, played with the RICC Knights, the Hamilton Hurricanes (CJFL) and the Hamilton Varsity-Tiger Cats (OFC/OPFL). He is a two-time OFC champion in 2014 and 2016. While with Team Ontario in 2015, he helped the team win a bronze medal. He is a former GHR all-star and participated in the ACG Bowl.

No matter where his career took him, Sauer was never left to fend for himself. He said, “I just want to thank the constant support from my mom and dad, and my friends and coaches throughout the years.”

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