Commerce, coaches attract 3 to Gee-Gees

Gee-Gees add two Ontario commits and one out-of-province commit to their 2019 class.

Wide receiver Ryan Malvaso from Dr. Frank J. Hayden High School and offensive linemen Jackson Hyland from Arnprior District High School and Ian Wells from Centennial High School are ready to compete with the University of Ottawa Gee-Gees.

Ryan Malvaso

Courtesy of Ryan Malvaso.

There was a lot that Ryan Malvaso liked about the University of Ottawa. “The school is very reputable and has a brand-new commerce building, as well as an all you can eat meal plan and a 24-hour cafeteria,” Malvaso said, who will be taking commerce. “uOttawa is also a very competitive football program. It’s a really nice city to be in and the university is in a great location downtown.”

He added that, “I love the coaching staff. Coach Barresi is one of the smartest football minds I’ve met and is very experienced.”

Calling Burlington, Ontario, home, Malvaso played for the Dr. Frank J. Hayden Huskies (HSSAA) and the Cambridge Lions (OPFL). Standing at 6’0, 175lbs, he played in the Fox 40 Prospect Challenge as well. This past season, he was co-offensive MVP. He was also top five in the OPFL for receiving.

Jackson Hyland

Courtesy of Jackson Hyland.

When looking at uOttawa, Jackson Hyland said he chose the school because of the great reputation of the commerce program and the outstanding coaching staff. “They were very friendly and welcoming to me,” he added. “They seem very knowledgeable and dedicated to the program.”

The 6’3, 250lbs offensive tackle will be majoring in accounting.

Hyland won’t be moving too far from home. Hailing from Arnprior, Ontario, he spent six years with the West Carleton Wolverines (NCAFA), four with the Ottawa Myers Riders (OVFL) and four with the Arnprior District High School Rapids (CSHSFL).

He has accumulated several awards in his lengthy career. In 2011, he was the West Carleton Bud MacRae 3D offensive player. The following year he won an A Cup with the Wolverines. From 2013 to 2015 he was the Wolverines’ top offensive linemen. He won a bantam championship with the Riders in 2014. He was the Riders top offensive lineman in 2015 and an OVFL all-star as well. In 2017, he was the Arnprior Rapids’ top offensive linemen and an OFSAA championship. Last season he won a ‘3D award’ with the Rapids.

In 2016, Hyland tried his hand at coaching. He helped coach the Wolverines’ tyke offensive line. That season they won a C Cup.

Ian Wells

Ian Wells is from Calgary, Alberta. There he played with the Centennial Coyotes (CHSAA) and the Calgary Colts (CSFA). Standing at 6’3, 265lbs, he plays as a guard and tackle.

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