Gee-Gees knowledgeable coaches attract 4

Gee-Gees add one local, two northern Ontario and one Québec commit to their 2018 class.

Wesley Penner, a linebacker from Beaver Brae Secondary School, is ready for some big city living after signing with the University of Ottawa Gee-Gees.

Defensive lineman Adam Wallace from West Ferris Secondary School, quarterback Ben Maracle from Football North St. Joseph’s and defensive back Jérémie Bérubé from Champlain College Lennoxville will also be joining the Gee-Gees.

Wesley Penner

Currently situated close to the Ontario-Manitoba border, Wesley Penner will be trekking across the province to reach the next bordering province, Québec. The Kenora, Ontario, resident is excited to see what Ottawa has to offer. “I chose to commit to the University of Ottawa because of the great football program and academics there. I also really enjoyed the campus and liked the city,” he said.

“I thought that the coaching staff was great,” he added. “They were all very welcoming and knowledgeable.”

Penner will be taking kinesiology. He said he has already toured the facilities and he found them to be excellent.

While up in northern Ontario, Penner, who is 6’0, 218lbs, played for four years with the Beaver Brae Broncos (WHSFL). In 2017, he was the recipient of the Harry Hood Award and was a 2016 and 2017 division all-star.

Adam Wallace

Adam Wallace hails from North Bay, Ontario. He has played as a defensive end with the Nipissing Wild (OFC) and a defensive end and fullback with the West Ferris Secondary School Trojans (NDA). He is 6’4, 245lbs. He helped the Trojans capture a NDA championship last year.

Ben Maracle

Courtesy of Ben Maracle.

Ben Maracle was at the helm of the inaugural Football North St. Joseph’s team, which played its first season in 2017. Football North is a football preparatory program that plays American rules football against American opponents.

“During my time at St. Joe’s, I came to appreciate the City of Ottawa and all it has to offer,” the product of Odessa, Ontario, said. “I chose to commit to the Gee-Gees because I liked the coaching philosophy…the team is made up of a great bunch of guys who are committed to the game.”

He added that, “I have a lot of respect for the coaching staff. They are very knowledgeable and I am looking forward to learning from them.”

The 6’5, 200lbs athlete has also played with the Limestone District Grenadiers (OPFL) and the St. Theresa Titans (COSSA). He has also participated in the Fox 40 Prospect Challenge. He will be taking psychology.

Jérémie Bérubé

Coming from Sherbrooke, Québec, Jérémie Bérubé is set to head to the nation’s capital for the 2018 season. The 6’1/185lbs cornerback and free safety played cégep ball with the Champlain College Lennoxville Cougars (RSEQ Division 1).

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