For months, Greg Knox and his re-formed staff have canvassed the country for its best and brightest football talent, looking to restock the shelves of McMaster’s depth chart ahead of the 2017 season.
On Thursday, the program announced the first major wave of what it believes to be a transformative recruiting class, unveiling 30 fresh faces headed to the McMaster on the offensive side of the ball.
“This year’s class is going to be a big one by necessity,” head coach Greg Knox explained. “Our numbers of returning players are relatively low across multiple positions, as we’ve had a high number of graduates and lean numbers at some positions in recent recruiting classes.
“We anticipate this large class will normalize our roster situation moving forward and make for an extremely competitive training camp come August.”
In-province talent, as always, constitutes a large portion of the class in 2017. But a concerted effort has been made to broaden the reach of the Marauders beyond the borders of Ontario, resulting in a cohort of incoming players from Western football hotbeds in British Columbia, Alberta and Manitoba.
“We are very excited to announce the addition of these young men to the Marauder family,” said Knox.
“This is a talented group, with tons of potential, that will add speed and size on both sides of the ball with student athletes that we are confident will be good fits on and off the field at McMaster.”
The Marauders staff is hard at work completing the 2017 class, and an announcement of the defensive additions will follow in the near future.
2017 McMaster Offensive Recruiting Class
|Justice Allin||RB||5’9||185||Toronto, ON||Tolu Ojo||FB||6’0||225||Calgary, AB|
|Tommy Nield||WR||6’3||190||Guelph, ON||Steve Appleyard||FB||6’1||220||LaSalle, ON|
|Matt Hurley||WR||6’3||195||Courtice, ON||Zach Beno||QB||6’4||220||Hamilton, ON|
|Jackson White||QB||6’4||210||Cambridge, ON||Jacob Allwood||OL||6’5||250||Brantford, ON|
|Logan McComb||OL||6’5||275||Owen Sound, ON||Sebastian Krawchenko||ATH||6’2||190||Hamilton, ON|
|Cameron Smith||OL||6’7||280||Belmont, ON||Marco Aref||WR||5’11||195||Ancaster, ON|
|Jake Dacyshyn||TE||6’3||220||Toronto, ON||Clark Adams||WR||6’0||180||Stoney Creek, ON|
|Tavian Shand||ATH||5’8||165||Kitchener, ON||Pascal D’Ambrosio||OL||6’4||295||Hamilton, ON|
|Andreas Dueck||QB||6’2||190||Winnipeg, MB||Wes Austin||WR||6’3||170||Burlington, ON|
|Wyatt Edmonds||OL||6’3||275||Winnipeg, MB||Noah Griffith||ATH||6’1||195||Burlington, ON|
|Stefanos Goulas||RB||5’11||220||Tsawwassen, BC||Noah Brown||OL||6’5||305||Burlington, ON|
|Trew Dancy||ATH||6’2||190||New Westminster, BC||Raymar Lloyd||ATH||5’9||190||Oakville, ON|
|Justin Smith||OL||6’5||285||Delta, BC||Connor Graham||OL||6’2||270||Burlington, ON|
|Gary Ghag||OL||6’3||270||Abbotsford, BC||Cameron Madruga||FB / TE||6’2||220||Oakville, ON|
|Jacob Durka||WR||6’1||170||Hamilton, ON||Keaton Bruggeling||WR||6’4||215||St Catharines, ON|
Source: Fraser Caldwell