If competition builds excellence, McMaster football coach Stef Ptaszek is confident his latest group of committed recruits will ramp up the competitive atmosphere that his Marauders will carry into the 2011 Ontario University Athletics season.
In announcing the latest influx of gridiron talent, Ptaszek says the new group represents the final steps of a very successful recruiting campaign.
“We have been working with some of these young men for several years, and it is very exciting that they have decided to continue those relationships by committing to play football for McMaster.”
Included in the group of new Marauders is Hamilton’s Aram Eisho, who has been named the outstanding defensive player in Canadian junior football for the past three seasons, as a member of the Canadian Junior Football League Hamilton Hurricanes. The Marauder staff is also very enthusiastic about adding receiver Max Cameron from St. Catharines, defensive lineman Kevin Aleinik from Cornwall, defensive back Matt Barker of Windsor, and defensive back Brendan Fitzpatrick of Hamilton.
The latest commitments are in addition to the 18 recruits who were announced earlier this spring. Ptaszek also has confirmed that transfer offensive lineman Tyler Goldsworthy has enrolled at McMaster. A Bowmanville native, Goldsworthy will be eligible to play in 2011, after sitting out last season at Saint Mary’s University in Halifax.
In sizing up the 2011 Marauder recruiting efforts, Ptaszek said, “The addition of these student-athletes ensures that McMaster will continue to be a premier program in Ontario and (Canadian Interuniversity Sports) for years to come.”
The Marauders open training camp on Monday, Aug. 22. The team will play a pre-season game at Laval on Aug. 28, before kicking off the OUA season on Labour Day at Queen’s. The McMaster home opener sees the Western Mustangs visit Ron Joyce Stadium on Saturday, Sept. 10 at 1 p.m.