Ravens offer ‘a strong program’

Ravens add one provincial commit and two out-of-province commits to their team.

Defensive backs Shawn Arabsky from the Vancouver Island Raiders (CJFL) and Zendrew Altidor Collège Ahuntsic are excited to learn and grow with the Carleton Ravens.

CFC100 Yusuf Al-Khaldi, a defensive end from St. Thomas More Catholic Secondary School, will also be joining the Ravens.

Shawn Arabsky

Shawn Arabsky of Nanaimo, BC, is ready to experience life in the nation’s capital. “They’re a strong program with a lot of resources and the opportunity to live in Ottawa to further grow as a human, student and athlete really appealed to me,” he said.

“Really excited to meet the DC after hearing about the scheme and watching the defence swarm last year,” said the 5’10, 180lbs safety.

Interested in psychology, Arabsky spent two seasons with the VI Raiders. He won a Cullen Cup in 2017. As well, he won two high school championships while with the John Barsby Secondary School Bulldogs (BCSSFA) in 2011 and 2013. He also played a year of college basketball at a JUCO in Washington.

Zendrew Altidor

Zendrew Altidor will be heading to Ottawa, Ontario, from his hometown of Laval, Québec. It’s a move he is ready to make. “I chose Carleton out of any other university because I felt like it was the best choice for me to evolve as a player and as a man,” he said. “I also liked the environment and from what I’ve seen, the coach-to-player relations are kind of what I’m looking for. I don’t really know how to explain, but I would describe it as authentic.”

Continuing, he said, “I like the coaching staff. Polo is the one who has been recruiting me but I felt like all the coaches who I’ve talked to wanted me to be there and the coaches are not only about football. They make sure we are great on and off the field and they put an emphasis on turning their players into men. At least that is the impression I got from them.”

Altidor, who is interested in business, has been playing football for ten years. He started with Les Patriotes de Vimont-Auteuil before joining Les Scorpions de Laval-Nord (LMQF). He then played with Les Indiens du Collège Ahuntsic (RSEQ Division 3). The 6’0, 187lbs halfback an corner won a Coupe de President with Laval-Nord in 2013. While with Les Indiens, he went to the Bol d’Or in 2018.

Before joining the Ravens, Altidor is already excited to work with one of his future teammates. He said, “I’m actually excited to play on the same field with Louis Lavaud.” (Lavaud recently committed to Carleton).

CFC100 Yusuf Al-Khaldi

Yusuf Al-Khaldi is a member of the St. Thomas More Knights (HWCSSA). He helped his team win three OFSAA bowls. Hailing from Hamilton, Ontario, he stands at 6’4, 215lbs.

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