Bishop’s commits ready to make a difference

Bishop’s adds two Québec commits and one international commit to their team.

The verdict is clear, defensive backs Karim Ibrahim from Cégep de Saint-Jérôme and Denzel Gendron-Muscadin from Holland College, along with hybrid back Ianis Cherdieu from Cégep de Lévis-Lauzon, like the direction that the Bishop’s Gaiters are heading in.

Karim Ibrahim

When it came down to it, it was the coaches that won Karim Ibrahim over.

“I chose to commit here first of all because of my interest in playing football for these coaches and this program,” Ibrahim said. “The coaches I have met are Fabrice Raymond and Head Coach Chérif Nicolas. I could only say good things about them. Their approach and the visit were very appealing, and I knew quickly that I wanted to play for them.”

On academics, Ibrahim said the school allows students to take both a major and a minor, “which allows me to study psychology and sport studies at the same time. The environment also seems beneficial for a student-athlete.”

In his hometown of Gatineau, Québec, Ibrahim, who is 5’9, 170lbs, played with Les Cougars de Carrefour (RSEQ) in high school. He then joined Les Cheminots du Cégep de Saint-Jérôme (RSEQ Division 3). In 2017 he was one of two nominated for a defensive leadership award and a performance award. He received the leadership award while a teammate of his, who will be joining him at Bishops, won the performance award. He finished fifth overall for tackling in the RSEQ Division 3 as a defensive back.

Denzel Gendron-Muscadin

Good reviews can help when choosing a school, and Denzel Gendron-Muscadin knows all about that.

“I chose to commit to Bishop’s University because of the good things I heard about it, all the number one and number two awards they got, such as student satisfaction rate. But, also, because of the football program. I personally like what they are building,” Gendron-Muscadin said.

“I also have immense trust in the coaching staff that I’ve met multiple members of in the past,” the product of Montréal, Québec, added. “In my opinion, the coaching staff is a hard-working staff that will give you the results you expect if you put in the efforts necessary.”

Gendron-Muscadin, who stands at 5’11, 165lbs, is interested in sports studies.

Gendron-Muscadin has played for several teams in his career. He spent five seasons with Les Archers D’Hochelaga-Maisonneuve and three with the Sun Youth Hornets. He also spent one year with Les Eagles du À-Ma-Baie, Les Bouledogues Édouard-Montpetit and the John Abbott Islanders (RSEQ Division 1). He played two years with Le Phénix de Trois-Rivières (LFSPQ) before spending a season with the Holland College Hurricanes (AFL).

He was defensive player of the year in 2010, a QBFL all-star running back in 2013 and a QMFL provincial champion in 2014. The following season he was named as QMFL all-star as defensive back and special teams player. He was a 2018 AFL all-star defensive back and was named the Hurricanes’ male athlete of the week. In his only season with the Hurricanes he was named as a team captain.

Ianis Cherdieu

Liking his football stint in Canada, Ianis Cherdieu is set to continue playing Canadian football. “I chose BU to continue my football career because I like to surpass myself and I feel like the coaches’ objectives align with mine,” Cherdieu said. “The coaching staff looks like they want to rebuild the program and to become one of the best teams of their league and I want to be apart of this.”

The 6’1, 212lbs athlete added that, “Besides, the university itself has one of the best reputations in the province.” He is interested in studying sports studies.

Cherdieu spent most of his career playing American football in Europe. He is from Asnières-sur-Seine, France, where he played the last four seasons as a wide receiver with Les Molosses d’Asnières. He won a junior championship with the team. In his final year in France he played with Les Spartiates d’Amiens (LEFA) and was on the national junior team. The team ended up coming in second at the European championships. He has spent the last two seasons with Les Faucons du Cégep Lévis-Lauzon (RSEQ Division 1) as a tight end.

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