Windsor Lancers give chance to thrive as student athletes says commits

Lancers add three Ontario commits to their Class of 2017.

Offensive lineman Jacob Gibbons from Waterdown High School and Michael Micieli from Cardinal Newman Catholic Secondary School share a lot in common; both play in the Hamilton region, both are lineman, but more importantly, both are excited to learn and grow with the University of Windsor Lancers. Linebacker Adetayo Adeyeye from Clarkson Football North will also be joining the team.

Jacob Gibbons

Courtesy of Jacob Gibbons.

There was a lot to like about Windsor for FPC Jacob Gibbons. He said, “I liked the campus, the facilities are all very nice and are all being upgraded and the Oddette School of Business was very appealing.” He added that he will be taking a commerce degree.

It wasn’t just academics and aesthetics that Gibbons was fond of. “Head Coach Joe was very convincing and I liked what he had to say. I really like him and all the other coaches as everyone is really nice and they are all very welcoming and very knowledgeable,” he said. “I feel that I can learn a lot more at the University of Windsor.”

Standing at 6’3, 270lbs, the product of Waterdown, Ontario, has played with the Wentworth Panthers (OFC) and the Waterdown Knights (Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board). In his four-year career, he was won a championship with the Panthers and is a two-time all-star in 2016. He will also be taking part in the 2017 Fox 40 Prospect Challenge in Hamilton.

“I’m really looking forward to attending the University of Windsor and I’m excited for the football season,” Gibbons said. “I feel like the team will be very successful and (will) have a great year as we have a great coaching staff and good talent.”

Michael Micieli

Michael Micieli (#51) goes for the block. Courtesy of Michael Micieli.

Before he even steps foot on the University of Windsor campus, Michael Micieli knows he has the chance to thrive. He said he chose Windsor because of the school’s strong academic standing in his programs of interest as well as their football program.

“Head Coach D’Amore and his staff are excellent,” the potential double major in history and sociology said. “Their passion and knowledge of the game is simply incredible. Coach D’Amore’s philosophy on balancing excellence in academics as well as athletics and (his) passion for (the) success of his players solidified my decision.”

At 6’0, 285lbs, Micieli has played as a centre for most of his 13-year career. For the past three seasons, the product of Stoney Creek, Ontario, has being lining up as a guard. In high school, he played with the Cardinal Newman Cardinals (Hamilton-Wentworth Catholic Athletic Association). He also suited up for the Hamilton Varsity Hurricanes/Tiger-Cats.

The 2016 season was kind to Micieli and his teammates. Not only did he win a HWCAA championship, he also won a Golden Horseshoe Athletics Conference championship. In 2013, he was an OFC Jr. champion.

“I am extremely excited to get started with the Lancers,” Micieli said, “and to work hard and give it all I’ve got.”

Adetayo Adeyeye

Adetayo Adeyeye (#58) and his Football North teammates. Courtesy of Football North.

Prior to joining the inaugural Football North team in 2016, Adetayo Adeyeye spent time playing with the St. Roch Ravens (Region of Peel Secondary School Athletic Association). Hailing from Brampton, Ontario, he was also a defensive lineman with the Brampton Bulldogs (OVFL). In 2015, the 6’2, 200lbs athlete was a member of Team Ontario U17 at the International Bowl.

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