St. Catharines commit hopes to soar with Ravens

The Carleton Ravens add a new member to their commitment class of 2017

Carleton Ravens’ flock has grown a little bit bigger with the commitment of Reid Wiley, a defensive back from Sir Winston Churchill Secondary, who signed his letter of intent on Saturday.

Wiley will have to adjust to a new city when he leaves his hometown of St. Catharines for Ottawa. But it doesn’t appear that he will have too much trouble with his new home.

“I picked Carleton because from the moment I first stepped on campus, I felt like I was home. All the coaches and players made me feel welcome and apart of the Raven family. Everything about the school appealed to me. I feel like I could really excel as a football player and as a student at Carleton University,” Wiley said.

“They (the team) are a bunch of great, hardworking guys. They are the type of brotherhood that you want in a team and want to be apart of,” Wiley added of his new teammates.

While Wiley has connected with his teammates already, he also has high praise for the Ravens’ coaching staff. “All the coaches at Carleton made me feel welcome from the moment I met them. I can tell that they truly care about the players and want what is best for them. They are a group of coaches that I can see myself working with for the next 4 years,” Wiley said, trying to put what he called “unexplainable thoughts” into words.

Reid Wiley representing Team Ontario. Courtesy of Reid Wiley.

Reid Wiley representing Team Ontario. Courtesy of Reid Wiley.

The young football player, who plays both corner and safety, stands at 6’3, 195lbs. He has played for the Niagara Spears (Ontario Varsity Football League), Sir Winston Churchill Bulldogs (Sothern Ontario Secondary Schools Association) and Team Ontario at the 2016 International Bowl. He has been playing football for six years and has been an OVFL all-star for the past two years.

During his time at Carleton, Wiley plans on going into criminology. “I hope to follow in my father’s footsteps and become a police officer,” he said of his future plans.

If Wiley was looking for a glimpse into what playing football for the Ravens would be like, he didn’t have to go any further than the Panda Game, the annual rivalry game between Carleton and the University of Ottawa. The young football player signed his letter of intent before attending the 2016 edition of the Panda, which is held annually at TD Place, home of the Ottawa RedBlacks.

Wiley also was introduced to the Carleton fans, who followed a two-year-old tradition of storming the field after a Carleton win at the Panda when the Ravens beat the Gee-Gees 43-23 for their third straight Panda Game victory. “I can’t wait to be in the middle of it all,” he said.

“The crowd was insane,” Wiley added. “Watching this game was the deciding factor for me. Watching the school spirit and Carleton beating Ottawa just reaffirmed my decision on becoming a Raven. I can’t wait to experience the crowd from the field.”


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