The Gee-Gees football staff have been hard at work over the offseason, making additions to an already young and talented core of players in Garnet and Grey. Looking to further improve on last year's OUA second-best 6-2 record, the Gee-Gees have reloaded on talent in advance of the 2019 season.
Over the past couple of years, the team's focuses have centred on the offensive and defensive lines, however, this year the coaching staff have turned their attention to skill positions. Although the team expects to return a vast majority of starters on both sides of the ball, in some areas they have seen key players graduate or enter their final year of eligibility. In particular, the areas of focus this year have been at defensive back and receiver, where the coaches have brought in nine and ten recruits respectively.
Key recruits on the offensive side of the ball that the coaches have highlighted are: Thijs Duineveld, Julian Iamundo, and Jimmy Larose Joubert.
Duineveld is a big framed and polished receiver that could come in and compete for playing time early in his career. He is coming to the program by way of the Kamloops Broncos of the BCFC, the same team that produced current Gee-Gees offensive lineman Tanner Bishop. Last season, he led the Broncos with 517 receiving yards, averaging 14.4 per catch. Duineveld formerly redshirted for one season at UBC during their Vanier Cup winning season in 2015. Parlaying his CJFL experience to the U SPORTS level, Duineveld will look to find a role as a reliable option for quarterback Sawyer Buettner in the Ottawa offence.
Iamundo is a workhorse offensive lineman coming to the Gee-Gees from Burlington, Ont. and brings a gritty and aggressive personality that the coaching staff hopes will shape the future of the team's offensive line for years to come.
Coaches have described Larose Joubert, a running back from Cégep de Chicoutimi, as an up-field runner with great balance and power. Special teams play is a source of pride for him and the coaching staff believes this will give him a chance to make an impact with the team immediately. Larose Joubert led RSEQ division 3 with 1156 yards and 11 touchdowns, en route to being named Offensive Most Valuable Player for Section Nord-Est.
On the defensive side of the ball, coaches are particularly excited about the commitments of Chris Cyril, Kevin Victome, Kevin Anderson, and Jacob Roussel.
Cyril has represented both Team Québec and Team Canada in recent years, proving why he is considered a top-tier recruit at defensive back. Cyril could become an early contributor in what has become one of the top defensive backfields in the country over the past few seasons. With the departures of Jamie Harry and Marc-Elie Jace from the corners, spots on the dress roster are up for grabs. Cyril finished with 23.5 tackles, one interception, and two pass breakups for Cégep de Saint-Jean in RSEQ division 1 play.
Victome is well known in the Ottawa football community based on his stellar play as a part of the Football North Clarkson program. Although he is projected to be a defensive back with the Gee-Gees, Victome has shown he can be a threat at receiver as well, much like former All-Canadian defensive back Jamie Harry. Playing prep football against teams on both sides of the border, the Ottawa native has been exposed to top talent at various levels and is now prepared for his next step with the Garnet and Grey.
Anderson is a defensive tackle from RSEQ division 2 champions Cégep de Valleyfield. Anderson has the length and relentless attitude that should make him an instant contributor in a defensive line group poised for a breakout season. Coaches have praised his balanced ability to play in both run and pass situations. Anderson was named to the RSEQ division 2 All-Defensive Team, after leading the division in sacks with seven to go along with 10 tackles for loss and 24.5 overall tackles last year.
Roussel is a defensive tackle and teammate of Anderson's at Valleyfield. The coaching staff has seen Roussel develop throughout spring camp, as he has been enrolled at the University since January. Since his arrival in Ottawa, he has shown solid toughness, power, and intelligence. With continued development, the 6-0, 280 lb. tackle has potential to be in the defensive line rotation come August.
Below is the full list of 2019 recruits as of April 25, 2019:
|First Name||Last Name||High School/Cégep/Last Team||Position||HT.||WT.|
|Jonathan||Agette||St. Peter H.S.||DB||5-11||175|
|Kevin||Anderson||Cégep de Valleyfield||DE||6-4||235|
|Tyrus||Bromley||La Salle S.S.||WR||6-5||211|
|Eli||Cruickshank||West Toronto Prep||DB||6-2||185|
|Chris||Cyril||Cégep de Saint-Jean||DB||5-10||178|
|Harnoor||Dhaliwal||David Suzuki S.S.||LB||5-11||180|
|Joe||DiStefano||Cornwall Wildcats (OFC)||LB||6-0||195|
|Thijs||Duineveld||Kamloops Broncos (BCFC)||WR||6-4||205|
|Owen||Ford||St. Matthew H.S./University of Windsor||DB||6-0||180|
|Nicholas||Gendron||Cégep de l'Outaouais||WR||6-1||185|
|Anthony||Grigg||Cardinal Newman C.S.S.||WR||6-1||180|
|Jackson||Hyland||Arnprior District H.S.||OL||6-3||250|
|Julian||Iamundo||Dr. Frank J. Hayden S.S.||OL||6-2||300|
|Jimmy||Larose Joubert||Cégep de Chicoutimi||RB||6-0||200|
|Sam||Lepage||Cégep de l'Outaouais||WR||6-0||165|
|Steve||MacLeod||Royal Imperial Collegiate of Canada||DT||6-3||330|
|Matt||Mahler||Okanagan Sun (BCFC)||QB||6-0||185|
|Maxim||Malenfant||Cégep de Thetford||WR||5-10||185|
|Ryan||Malvaso||Dr. Frank J Hayden S.S.||WR||6-0||175|
|Joshua||Mascoll-Medeiros||Sir Wilfrid Laurier S.S.||DL||6-4||255|
|Hugo||Raymond||Cégep de Saint-Jerome||WR||6-0||185|
|Jacob||Roussel||Cégep de Valleyfield||DT||6-0||280|
|Oliver||Tetreault||St. Pius X H.S.||LB||5-11||205|
|Raidan||Thorne||Canada Prep Academy||WR||6-3||170|
|Kevin||Victome||Football North Clarkson||DB||6-0||175|