StFX has rich tradition

StFX adds two provincial commits and one out-of-province commit to their Class of 2018.

Defensive lineman Dyton Blackett from North Kings Education Centre, offensive lineman Jaden Lawrence from Auburn Drive High School and linebacker Jack Beach from Bishop Carroll High School are the next group of recruits looking to etch their names into the already deep history books of the Saint Francis Xavier X-Men.

Dyton Blackett

Dyton Blackett has an interesting connection to StFX’s coaching staff. “I’m a big fan of the coaches. I had two of them coach me this summer on Team Nova Scotia and I used to play hockey against Head Coach Waterman’s son,” he said.

The 6’4, 235lbs product of Canning, Nova Scotia, added that, “I chose to commit to X because they have a good football history and the program I want to study.” He is interested in taking business administration.

Blackett spent two years with the NKEC Titans (Nova Scotia School Athletic Federation Football League). In 2016, he was an NSSAFFL Division 2 all-star. He repeated as an all-star in 2017 where he was also a MVP and provincial champion.

Jaden Lawrence

For Jaden Lawrence, a resident of Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, the X-Men offer him a future. “I committed to StFX because I believe I can grow as a student and an athlete at their facility. The friendliness and the programs appealed to me the most,” he said. “I think the coaching staff is great as I have had experience playing under (them) in both high school and Team Nova Scotia.”

In his seven-year career, Lawrence has played with the Dartmouth Destroyers (Nova Scotia Football League) and the Auburn Drive Eagles (NSSAFFL). In 2012, he won a pee-wee provincial championship off an undefeated season with the Destroyers. Two years later, with the bantam team, the team accomplished the same thing. He was also the Destroyers’ offensive lineman of the year in 2014.

In 2015 and 2016, he represented Team Nova Scotia U17 team. He was the Eagles’ rookie of the year and, in 2016, the offensive lineman of the year. That same year, he was an NSSAFFL all-star. Standing at 65, 300lbs, the offensive tackle was also named as the Top Prospects offensive lineman MVP in 2017.

Deciding to give back to the Destroyers, Lawrence was a mites’ junior coach for two seasons from 2015 to 2016. He is interested in taking psychology with the goal of entering a career in law enforcement.

Jack Beach

Courtesy of Jack Beach.

Jack Beach will be flying across the country to reach Antigonish, Nova Scotia. The product of Calgary, Alberta, however, is excited for the next great adventure in his life. “Everyone I’ve talked to that’s seen or visited the area has said it’s absolutely beautiful,” he said.

“The mix between academics and athletics, as well as the family atmosphere the football program seems to have, appealed to me,” he added. “The coaches I’ve met and talked to seem like their priorities are in the right place, and the success the program has had points to the fact that these coaches know what needs to be done. I’m excited to learn under them.”

Beach played for the Bishop Carroll Cardinals (Calgary High School Athletic Association) and the Calgary Bulldogs. In 2014, he was named to the all-star team. He is interested in taking political science.

It is often difficult for young athletes to develop without guidance. That’s why Beach, who is 6’2, 195lbs, had this to say: “I’d like to thank my trainer, Anton Joseph, for helping me have a chance to play at the next level.”

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