Marauders Unveil 2017 football offensive recruiting class

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


NAME: Pos: H: W: Hometown: Name: POS: H: W: Hometown
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

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