Calling point

Kingston offensive lineman newest recruit to join OUA team’s 2014 class.

Proximity, atmosphere and academics played significant roles in a recruit’s decision on his CIS future.

Over the weekend, Nolan McGreer became the newest Carleton Raven.  The 6’4, 270 pound offensive lineman from Kingston, Ontario has signed with the team for the 2014 OUA season.

“I committed to Carleton because of the home feeling I had when I was on campus,” explained McGreer of his decision.  “I’ve developed strong connections with Coach (Steve) Sumarah, Coach J.P. (Asselin), Coach (Chris) Coulson, and Coach (Ryan) Bechmanis; they all made me feel welcome and gave me the sense that I’m going to have a great time at Carleton.”

“Ottawa’s also close to Kingston which was a calling point. I will be studying criminology at Carleton which was another reason because Carleton has a top program in Canada when it comes to that field of study. Carleton is also a program with extreme upside and potential; just to be able to be a part of a new program will be incredibly exciting.”

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McGreer comes to the Ravens after completing his high school career with Frontenac Falcons of the Kingston Area Secondary School Athletic Association (KASSAA).  This past season, the Falcons compiled a 9-1 record en route to the Eastern Ontario Secondary School Athletic Association (EOSSAA) championship and an appearance at the OFSAA Bowl Festival Series, where the team lost to eventual champions, Lorne Park Spartans. In addition to the Falcons, the offensive lineman also suited up for the Kingston Grenadiers of the Ontario Varsity Football League (OVFL).

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Among the honours he has received during his gridiron career include Falcons Offensive MVP, two time Grenadiers Offensive Line MVP, two time Falcons captain and Grenadiers captain.

Ravens Head Coach Steve Sumarah is thrilled that McGreer has opted to begin his CIS career with the team and said that he will bring must needed assets to the team’s offensive unit.

“Nolan is another athletic offensive lineman that can move well and plays with an edge,” commented Sumarah.  “He has huge upside as he can play guard and tackle. “

“We are excited to have Nolan with the Ravens.”

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While getting to this juncture in his career has come with hard work and motivation, it is not lost on McGreer all the individuals who have played a significant role in helping him to become the player and person he is today.

“I’d also like to thank my family for being extremely supportive in my football career, especially my father because he was the one who introduced football to me and kept motivating me to get to this level of football,” expressed McGreer.   “I’d also like to thank all my previous coaches from minor, high school, rep football, for making me into the player I am today and believing in my potential.”

“Lastly, I’d like to thank my friends and teammates for being along with me over the years.”

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