StFX tradition, future excited commits

StFX adds two Alberta commits to their 2018 class.

There is no doubt that receiver Matt Kariath from William Aberhart High School and defensive back Liam Wilde from Ernest Manning High School have met at least once on the field in the summer, but now the pair will get to know one another in a whole new way on the Saint Francis Xavier X-Men.

Matt Kariath

By Brian Calkins.

Even before Matt Kariath from Calgary, Alberta, signed with the X-Men, he was already feeling the love. “I chose to commit to StFX because the coaching staff was very welcoming and (they) were already treating me like family, and I just feel like it will be a great place to further myself both on and off the field,” he said. “I really like the coaching staff. I feel like they truly believe in my potential.”

Kariath has split his career between two teams, the Calgary Mavericks (CAMFA) and the William Aberhart Orange (CHSAA). Last season he was named as an all-star receiver. He received the same award in his grade 11 year with the Orange. He was also the only all-star quarterback of 2017. He helped his team to a Division 2 city championship off an undefeated season. Standing at 5’11, 150lbs, Kariath will be taking human kinetics.

With the new season fast approaching, Kariath said, “I’m very excited to be part of the X-Men and to see what the future holds!”

Liam Wilde

Courtesy of Liam Wilde.

It only took one visit for Liam Wilde to appreciate the importance of football for StFX. “I chose StFX (because) after my recruiting visit, I understood that the football program is based on tradition and winning,” he said. “The coaching staff have been fantastic during the whole recruiting process. I really got the feel that they care and are willing to push me to get better, which I find great. I believe the defensive scheme Coach Svec has in place is right up my alley.”

On the academic front, Wilde, who will be taking public policy and governance, said that the school was the best fit in comparison to other schools he was in contact with. He said StFX’s small class sizes and great professors were really appealing.

Also from Calgary, Alberta, Wilde spent three years with the CAMFA Wildcats and three with the Ernest Manning Griffins (CHSAA). Wilde, who is 6’0, 155lbs, was a CAMFA all-star and a Division 1 all-star in 2017. He is a two-time defensive player of the year for the Griffins. Last season he won a leadership and perseverance award with the Wildcats. He was named to the CFC50 Alberta all-star team.

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