Carabins coaches major attraction for commits

Montréal adds three Québec commits to their 2019 class.

Gabriel Mailhot, a defensive back from Cégep de Lévis-Lauzon, and Shad Michaud, a wide receiver from Cégep régional de Lanaudière, already have a few familiar faces on the University of Montréal Carabins.

Offensive lineman Gabriel Turcotte-Serrecchia from Campus Notre-Dame-de-Foy will also be joining the Carabins.

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Gabriel Mailhot

Courtesy of Gabriel Mailhot.

For Gabriel Mailhot, the University of Montréal gave him a chance that no other university did. “I wanted to join my brother,” he said, “and compete with the best players. Obviously, I wanted to play for one of the best programs in Canada.”

On top of that Mailhot said he likes the vibe of the city and that he really trusts the coaches. “They have a lot of experience and know what they have to do. They are competitive. Also, the addition of Anthony Calvillo has increased my confidence,” the potential economics or politics student said.

Hailing from Trois-Rivières, Québec, Mailhot played with Les Estacades de Trois-Rivières (RSEQ) for five years. There he played as a quarterback. He then spent three seasons with Les Faucons du Cégep de Lévis-Lauzon (RSEQ Division 1) where he started as a defensive back.

The 5’10, 180lbs cornerback has won several awards in his career. He was a team MVP and offensive player of the year in high school. With Les Faucons he was named as the “most improved player” and “the most useful rookie.” He was also recognized twice as the best special teams player. He currently holds a career record for the highest number of yards gained on kickoff returns.

Shad Michaud

Courtesy of Shad Michaud.

Throughout his career there was one U Sports team that always caught Shad Michaud’s eye. “It’s a great school and I always wanted to play with the Carabins. I really loved the coaching and I have a few friends that are already a part of this team,” he said.

“The fact that the Carabins are one of the greatest teams in the league influenced my choice,” he added. “I also think that this team can help me become a better player. I had a great feeling with Coach Cousineau and the coaching staff is unbelievable!”

For three years, Michaud, who is 6’4, 210lbs, played with Les Sharks de Ste-Julienne (RSEQ). He spent another three with Les Triades de Lanaudière (RSEQ Division 3). He is a two-time offensive MVP in high school and a two-time all-star in cégep. He was also Les Triades’ offensive MVP for 2018. The product of St-Calixte, Québec, will be taking physical health and education.

Gabriel Turcotte-Serrecchia

Gabriel Turcotte-Serrecchia is from Sainte-Catherine, Québec, which is an off-island suburb southwest of Montréal. Standing at 6’4, 235lbs, he has played out his cégep career with Le Notre-Dame du CNDF (RSEQ Division 1).

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