uOttawa is a ‘great group of hardworking guys’

Gee-Gees add one Ontario commit and two out-of-province commits to their 2019 class.

Linebacker Harnoor Dhaliwal from David Suzuki Secondary School and wide receiver Maxim Malenfant from Cégep de Thetford knew right away that the University of Ottawa Gee-Gees had a particular feeling to them.

Running back Jimmy Joubert from Cégep de Chicoutimi will also be joining the Gee-Gees.

Harnoor Dhaliwal

Courtesy of Harnoor Dhaliwal.

It didn’t take long for Harnoor Dhaliwal to feel the vibe of Ottawa. “I chose the University of Ottawa because I instantly felt at home on my visit. It’s a great group of hardworking guys. The team is gritty and (an) underrated team that wins football games,” he said.

“They have one of the best defences in the country last year and a system that has produced great players at the SAM (linebacker) position and a system that suits my playing style,” he added.

When it came to the coaches, Dhaliwal, who is 5’11, 180lbs, said the staff is great. “They kept it real with me throughout the whole process,” he said. “This group of coaches has gotten better each and every year since they have gotten together.”

Dhaliwal will be taking human kinetics in university.

Dhaliwal has been playing football for eight seasons. He has played for the Brampton Bulldogs (OPFL), the Mississauga Warriors (OPFL) and the David Suzuki Grizzlies (ROPSSAA). He was the Grizzlies defensive and overall MVP in 2017 and 2018. He was a ROPSSAA 1st-team all-star in 2017 and a tier-two 1st-team all-star the following season. He was also a ROPSAA MVP in 2019. He helped the Grizzlies win two tier-two championships in 2017 and 2018. In grade ten he took part in the Fox 40 Prospect Challenge.

Maxim Malenfant

Last year, Maxim Malenfant’s season was cut short. He broke his left collarbone and his right thumb. “So, there were not as many universities who wanted me as I would have liked because they hadn’t seen me play,” he said. “But, Coach Jean-Vincent Audet saw my route running and he is the only guy who believed in me and I am thankful for that.”

Malenfant, who is form Drummondville, Québec, added that, “I feel like I’m in the best environment to upgrade my skills physically and my football knowledge. I like the vibe of the team and the city.”

Interested in civil engineering, Malenfant said he also picked uOttawa to improve his English.

In his four-year career, Malenfant played with Les Sénateurs du Collège St-Bernard (RSEQ) in high school and Les Filons du Cégep de Thetford (RSEQ Division 2). The 5’10, 185lbs athlete also plays as a kicker and returner.

Jimmy Joubert

Standing at 6’0, 215lbs, Jimmy Joubert spent his cégep career with Les Couguars du Cégep de Chicoutimi (RSEQ Division 3). He is from Sept-Îles, Québec.

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