uOttawa picks up size for lines

uOttawa welcomes two southern Ontario commits to their Class of 2017.

Emmanuel Ituara, a fullback from Catholic Central High School and Nik Lamont, a defensive lineman from St. Ignatius of Loyola Catholic Secondary School share something in common, both were drawn to the University of Ottawa because of the Gee-Gees coaching staff.

Emmanuel Ituara

Courtesy of Emmanuel Ituara.

Emmanuel Ituara has his sights set on becoming a lawyer after taking either a Political Science or Criminology undergrad. But first, he will spend some years on the field as a Gee-Gee.

“Coach Barresi’s experience as a coach was definitely a factor as he has NCAA coaching experience. The coaches seem like they have a lot to offer,” Ituara said of the factors behind his choice. “Also, the great facilities they have to offer caught my eye.”

Standing at 6’0, 200lbs, Ituara felt welcomed by the coaching staff when he went on his visit. The five-year veteran has played for the London Jr. Mustangs (OVFL) and the Catholic Central Crusaders (Thames Valley Regional Athletics). In 2015, he helped the Crusaders win a TVRA, WOSSAA and OFSAA championship.

Nik Lamont

Courtesy of Nik Lamont.

Nik Lamont has been hitting the gridiron since the tender age of five. Fast-forward a few years and now the 6’3, 260lbs defensive end and tackle is ready to further his craft under the Gee-Gees’ coaching staff.

“The coaches were a big part (as to why) I decided to sign with Ottawa. The defensive coordinator is very knowledgeable and has a great defense. He and the defensive line coach sees me as a three-tech or end in some packages,” Lamont said.

“The team was very welcoming. The coaching staff is one of the best, all very knowledgeable and years of experience that can really help me through the years.”

After spending his life in Oakville, Ontario, in the Greater Toronto Area, Lamont is ready for a change of scenery. “I love the area. Ottawa is a beautiful place and the schooling aspect is one of the best in Canada,” he said.

In his extensive career, Lamont has suited up for the Halton Cowboys for six years and the Mississauga Warriors (OVFL) for one. In 2011, he was the Cowboys defensive and team MVP. While with the Loyola Hawks (Halton Secondary School Athletic Association), he was a defensive MVP and junior athlete of the year in 2015. In 2016, he was awarded a defensive line award.

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