Laval commits hungry to earn field time

Laval adds three Québec commits to their 2019 class.

Whatever awaits them this upcoming season, defensive linemen Alex Foley from Cégep Beauce-Appalaches and Aymeric Adihou from Champlain College Lennoxville are ready to work hard and earn their place on the Laval Rouge et Or.

CFC60 Rémy-Julien Spattz, an offensive lineman from Cégep Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, will also be joining the Rouge et Or.

Alex Foley

Never one to shy away from a challenge, Alex Foley of Gatineau, Québec, wants to show Laval what he’s made of. “I think that I can have an impact very early on the defensive line. I’m always the hardest worker in the room and I won’t stop until I get what I want,” he said. “It is very hard for a first-year player to see some field and the odds are against me and that’s what I enjoy. Big challenges always drive me to become better and I’m hungry to overcome them.”

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Foley won’t be taking on this challenge alone, however. “I chose Laval because it was the best fit for me. I really like how the coaches work together. There is a very strong leadership coming out of the coaching staff,” he said.

“Also, yes, the program wants to form good football players, but they also want to form successful individuals with discipline and good values to succeed late in life. I like how the program takes care of the players in every aspect needed to become a successful athlete and person,” he added.

Foley, who is 6’0″, 245lbs, will be taking a bachelor in sports intervention. He will be pairing it with entrepreneurship.

During his recruitment, Foley said he had good conversations with Glen Constantin, the head coach. “I really apricate him and can’t wait to start working with him,” Foley said. “I really enjoyed talking with the coaches. They are open minded and very smart people.”

In high school, Foley played with Les Vikings de l’école secondaire de l’Île (RSEQ). He then spent two years with Les Griffons Football du Cégep de l’Outaouais (RSEQ Division 2). He also played a season with Les Condors du Cégep Beauce-Appalaches (RSEQ Division 2).

Foley has had a quiet career, but it was not overlooked by Laval. “(I’ve) never tasted what it feels like to be a champion and never really got some recent recognition except committing to Laval. I’ve been an underdog for most of my career,” he said.

But he plans on doing something about that. “I will give everything that I have for this team. I know it’s a big program and I really want to leave my mark here,” he said. “I will do anything to help the team win more championships and I will do anything to help my teammates succeed. I’m very proud to represent this program and I can’t wait to start putting in the work.”

Aymeric Adihou

Courtesy of Aymeric Adihou.

An offensive lineman by trade, Aymeric Adihou will be taking up a position on the defence when he joins Laval. “They need d-linemen,” he said of his commitment, “and the chance to develop myself with some of the best coaches in the country and the amazing installations (was appealing).”

He added that the team has excellent coaching, “and they prove that year after year.”

While Adihou was on the Champlain College Lennoxville Cougars (RSEQ Division 1) when they won Bol d’Or in 2017, he was not playing. “So, the defeat in the 2018 playoffs left a sour taste for most of the third-years who are graduating,” he said.

Before his three years with the Cougars, Adihou spent three years with Les Harfangs du Triolet (RSEQ). The 6’3″, 250lbs product of Sherbrooke, Québec, is interested in taking atomisation.

CFC60 Rémy-Julien Spattz

Rémy-Julien Spattz is a resident of Lac-Brome, Québec, which is southwest of Sherbrooke. He spent the last two seasons with Les Géants du Cégep Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu (RSEQ Division 1). Clint Uttley, the lead CFC analyst, described the 6’4″, 300lbs tackle as “a classic run-blocking right tackle…his ability to sustain and finish blocks would be right up there with any offensive lineman in Canada.”

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