Laurier welcomes two highly-sought-after commit to their 2017 class.
There are a lot cogs and gears needed for a football team to run smoothly and Daniel Fitzgerald, a linebacker from Catholic Central High School and Nicholas Petermann, a wide receiver from Cardinal Newman Catholic Secondary School, will be looking to add their skill-set to the Laurier Golden Hawks.
Fitzgerald has spent his career playing in his hometown of London, Ontario. He spent time in the London Minor Football Association, the London Junior Mustangs (OVFL) and the Catholic Central Crusaders (Thames Valley Regional Athletics). Now he will be travelling up the 401 Highway to Sir Wilfried Laurier University, a place he said felt like home.
While enthralled with the atmosphere of his new school, Fitzgerald also admires the coaching staff. “The Laurier coaching staff is a well-oiled machine, full of energy and passion towards Laurier football and the game itself,” he said.
The 6’2, 210lbs athlete said he is interested in Kinesiology. While with the Crusaders, he has named the Senior Football Rookie of the Year in 2014. The following year, he helped his team win the Western Ontario Secondary Schools Athletics championships and the OFSAA championships. He was also named Senior Football Defensive Player of the Year. In 2016, he was a city defensive all-star.
“Without the support system I have here in London, I don’t think I’d be where I am in my football career. Thank you,” Fitzgerald said.
Dwayne Cameron, the Golden Hawk’s special teams and recruitment coordinator, is looking forward to having Fitzgerald. “He is a physically-ready-now kind of guy. He combines great size and good speed. He is a ‘run through contact’ player. He is also a true leader. In all my communication with him, and with others that are around him, that is the one trait that always stood out. We are very happy that he will be with us,” he said.
When Nicholas Petermann reviewed Laurier, he said it was a great fit between academics and athletics. “(It was an) overall great atmosphere with many nice and welcoming people. (The school) appealed to me because of the time they put into their athletes will set me up for success,” he said.
“(The coaches are} fantastic, caring, genuine people who don’t care only about winning games, but also they truly want to make you a great person and (want you to) succeed in life,” he added.
The 6’0, 205lbs dual receiver and running back has been considered one of the most highly sought-after slot backs in Ontario. He spent his high school career with the Cardinal Newman Cardinals (Hamilton Wentworth Catholic Athletic Association) in his hometown of Hamilton, Ontario. He also spent four years with the Hamilton Hurricanes (the now Hamilton Tiger-Cats) in the OFC. When he attends university, he will be taking Business at the Lazaridis School of Business.
Cameron has nothing but praise for the team’s newest receiver. “Nick is a true utility, offensive threat. He can beat you in the pass game and out of the backfield. He isn’t afraid to mix things up physically, and he is ultra competitive.”
Petermann has won a city championship and a Golden Horseshoe Athletic Conference championship in 2015. He was also his high school’s team MVP that year. Among his other accolades includes a rookie MVP award, a team MVP award and a leadership award for his rep team.
Petermann is not the first in his family to reach the U Sports level. He said that, “I’m just excited to work with a new group and be the best I can be and hopefully accomplish what my brother has accomplished in the U Sports league.”
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