Commits found opportunity with UofA Golden Bears

Alberta adds two local commits to their 2018 class.

Athlete Isaac Hurtaud from Strathcona High School and linebacker Jesse Stuht from Pomona High School both grew up around the University of Alberta Golden Bears, and now the pair will be representing their hometown team for the next few years.

Isaac Hurtaud

Courtesy of Isaac Hurtaud.

 

Growing up in Edmonton, Alberta, Isaac Hurtaud has always pictured himself in the green and gold. No, not the Edmonton Eskimos, but something a little closer to him. “It’s always been my dream school,” he said of the University of Alberta. “I’ve had the chance to be around the program and the atmosphere is unmatched in teamwork and competition…It is a top university and I live very close to campus.”

Standing at 6’4, 190lbs, Hurtaud played as a quarterback in high school, but will line up as a slot receiver with the Golden Bears. He shouldn’t have much trouble adjusting. “The coaching staff is amazing and will help me become a better player,” he said. “They are by far the best staff I’ve talked to. The level of competition and hard work they hold you to helps you become a better player. On top of that, they are all so knowledgeable on what they coach.”

Hurtaud spent five years with the Strathcona Lords (Metro Edmonton High School League). This past season, the team went 10-0 and captured the city championship. He was named as the team’s MVP. He made the All-Division team and the All-City Metro Sports list as one of the top 15 athletes from Edmonton. While playing as a quarterback, he had 35 touchdowns, 18 passing and 17 rushing for a total of 2000 yards.

Jesse Stuht

For the past three years, Jesse Stuht has been living in Arvada, Colorado. Originally from St. Albert, Alberta, which is right outside of Edmonton, it is time for him to return to the land of his birth.

Courtesy of Jesse Stuht.

“U of A gave me a great offer to play the game I love and get a great education out of it,” he said. “I felt I will be a great fit with the team and Alberta is where I want to be!”

The Golden Bears’ coaches were there to make him feel confident in his choice. “Coaching staff seems great, very committed to the team and being successful. They’ve been very welcoming to me as I decided to become a Golden Bear and Head Coach Morris in specific has been great working through the process with me. I’m excited to play for them,” he said.

While in Arvada, Stuht played with the Pomona Panthers (5A Jeffco County). He has received academic letters, achieved ‘academic All-State’ and was a 5A Colorado State champion. Before that, he spent eight years playing with the St. Albert Minor Football Association.

“I’m very thankful for my father Dave, mother Sharon and my brothers Trace and Shannon for being along with me for the while ride and supporting me towards this opportunity,” he said. “More importantly, the glory goes to my Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ, for all he provides for me.”

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