uOttawa Gee-Gees commit knows team will help him develop

Gee-Gees welcome GTA commit to Class of 2018.

Courtesy of Riley Schlichting

Riley Schlichting, a defensive lineman for the Bishop Allen Cardinals, know what he wants, and he is confident the University of Ottawa Gee-Gees can help him.

“I have personal goals for the player I want to become and the person I want to be, and I know that with this team I will reach these goals. You can tell that these guys genuinely care about each other and are a family. They don’t just act like it,” Schlichting said.

Schlichting had this revelation in the Gee-Gees’ weight room where he said he saw players “huddled around and motivating each other to work hard and reach their goals.” He added that, “I could tell from the moment I met my coaches and teammates that they had a very tight bond.”

The team is manned by a coaching staff Schlichting calls incredible. “I was very impressed with how well they are able to have the entire team working so hard and how happy everyone is while they take care of business,” he said.

While he will be guided by coaches on the field, in the classroom, it’s the professors that will be shaping his mind. Interested in studying criminology and psychology, Schlichting said he had the chance to meet with Michal Kempa, an associate professor of criminology.

“He explained everything I needed to know about the program and it was extremely interesting,” he said. “I really look forward to learning the material taught in this program.”

The 6’3, 315lbs defensive tackle calls Etobicoke, Ontario, home. He spent two seasons with the Bishop Allen Academy Cardinals (Toronto District Catholic Athletic Association) and one with the Mississauga Warriors (OVFL). This season, he won a Tier 2 TDCAA championship. He said he was also fortunate enough to earn the Cardinals’ most improved player award last season.

“I would like to thank my family, coaches, trainers and friends for supporting me and helping my focus mentally and motivating me to constantly get stronger, faster and better at football,” Schlichting said. “I cannot wait to work with all the coaching staff to make sure I do my part in helping this team be successful throughout my years playing with them.”

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