Western lands CFC 100 Joseph

CFC 100 & CEGEP running back newest recruit to join OUA team’s 2015 class.

The Western Mustangs have once again been successful in their Quebec recruitment drive.

This time, they landed one of the most sought after recruits in the nation.

Yesterday, the Mustangs announced the commitment of CFC 100 running back Cedric Joseph to their football program.

Joseph, the 6’1, 197 pound running back from Montreal, Quebec recently completed his CEGEP career with Division 1 team, Champlain-Lennoxville Cougars.  This past season, Joseph amassed 1108 yards on 188 carries (average of 5.9 yards per carry) and scored 12 rushing touchdowns. He is currently ranked 10th on the CFC 100.

“We are very excited to welcome Cedric to the Mustang family,” commented Mustangs Head Coach Greg Marshall of the CFC # 10 ranked recruit.  “The best part about recruiting Cedric has been getting to know his family; it was a pleasure to get to know Cedric’s parents, and sisters.”

“It’s easy to see where his outstanding character comes from.”

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Joseph was the Mustangs’ top choice among all the running backs available in this year’s recruiting class. His playmaking abilities will be welcomed on the Mustangs offensive unit as well as on special teams.

“Cedric is multidimensional back; he’s a talented runner, but is also excellent at catching the ball out of the back field,” assessed Marshall.  “He will be great a fit in our offense, we also believe that Cedric can help us in the return game returning both punts and kicks.”

In addition to his wealth of talent and experience, the CFC 100 recruit will bring intangibles to the Mustangs.

“Cedric is an outstanding player, but more importantly he has tremendous character,” added Mustangs Special Teams Coordinator Chris Marcus.  “He will be great addition to our locker room.”

For his part, Joseph said it was hard to pinpoint one specific factor or reason he chose the OUA team.  Ultimately, the culmination of official visits he took in with the London, Ontario campus made him come to the realization that he found his next gridiron home.

“It’s hard to say really; I feel like now a days so many schools have a good coaching, good facilities, good team atmosphere, each has their own tradition,” explained Joseph.  “It almost makes it harder on athletes nowadays in a sense, but for me it was just something I felt.”

“The first time I visited, I was somewhat testing the waters; the second time I visited it hit me, I really felt like I had to be a part of Western and their football family.”

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Furthermore, the combination of academics, football, proximity and community tipped the scale in the Mustangs favour.

“The coaching staff is experienced and knowledgeable,” elaborated the CFC 100 running back.  “Western as a university had a strong tradition that attracts me; they have all the facilities for a student-athlete to be successful along with a great support system in terms of academics and athletics.”

“As far as team atmosphere goes, when I visited Western, I felt a part of the family and some of these guys didn’t even know my name at the time. Location is also big for me.  London is a nice city. Not too big but not too small, with about 40,000 students attending the university, I can grow my network in terms of my career after football.”

Cedric Joseph 2014 CEGEP Playoffs

Overall, it came down to one thing for Joseph.

“I can talk all I want about all the positive things Western brings to the table for me but at the end of the day, it’s the feeling I got from everything and everyone who is a part of Western,” expressed Joseph.  “With that being said I am more than excited to start the next step of my career at University of Western.”

With the CFC 100 running back’s commitment, the Mustangs continue their long standing tradition in securing top recruits but also the prototypical team recruit.

“There are many great players in this country, but it’s important for our program at Western to find quality young men,” commented Mustangs Recruiting Coordinator Tom Flaxman.  “Cedric is one of those men.”

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