Bishop’s commit buys into team’s vision

Bishop’s welcomes an out-of-province commit to their 2020 class.

Nicolas Baril, a defensive back from Cégep de l’Outaouais, is staying in La Belle Province after committing to the Bishop’s Gaiters.

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Originally from Ottawa, Ontario, Baril found a new place to call his home. “I committed to Bishop’s University for many reasons,” he says. “I enjoy the small campus lifestyle they offer and the tight knit community of Bishop’s University. Their new athletic facilities really impressed me as well.”

Baril, who is 5’10, 170lbs, added that the team’s coaching staff really impressed him as well. Baril is no stranger to the team’s head coach, Chérif Nicolas. “I’ve known Coach Chérif Nicolas for a long time, but I was never able to play for him. He is a coach I have a tremendous amount of respect for and can’t wait to be part of him team,” Baril says.

“Coach Nicolas showed me his vision for the program and what he wants to accomplish. It was really something I was buying into and wanted to be a part of.”

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Alongside the head coach, Baril also found commonality with the Fabrice Raymond, the team’s defensive coordinator and defensive back coach. “He is someone who I felt I really clicked with early on when we first met,” Baril says. “Coach Raymond has coached many great defensive backs that went on to have a great university and pro career. Playing for him was an opportunity I did not want to pass up.”

When choosing Bishop’s, Baril didn’t overlook the academic side of things. He will be taking sports studies. He is also interested in minoring in business and society. “The sports studies program is one of a kind in Canada, therefore it was a big factor in my decision making,” he says.

Before joining Les Griffons du Cégep de l’Outaouais (RSEQ Division 2), Baril spent six years playing at l’École Catholique Franco-Cité. He won a city championship with the team in 2017. A year prior, he was a member of the sophomore Team East at the 2016 Fox 40 Prospect Challenge.

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