British Columbia hosted the biggest moment in McMaster football history at last November’s Vanier Cup, and now one of that province’s best high school players has decided to don Maroon for his Canadian Interuniversity Sport career.
Linebacker Jake Heathcote from W-J Mouat High School in Abbotsford, has committed to play for the Marauders.
“If you want to compete nationally, then you have to be able to attract the most talented student athletes from coast to coast,” said Marauder head coach Stefan Ptaszek. “Jake is one of the best stand up defensive players in the nation. He is also a 90% high school student. We are very confident that he will have a tremendous impact on our entire campus.”
The Mouat Hawks have had one of B.C.’s most successful high school programs, making five provincial finals in the past 10 years, and winning two provincial championships.
At 6-foot-3 and weighing 225 lbs., Heathcote has been a dominant presence on the field for Mouat and for the B.C. provincial team. A multiple-time team most valuable player, he was also named an all-star at the 2010 Canada Cup of Football, and was recognized as an All-Province player by Football BC.
At McMaster he will line up beside a former high school teammate, Allan Dicks , who just completed his second-year as a Marauder after a fine high school career at Mouat. Both are enrolled in the Bachelor of Business Administration degree course at McMaster’s Degroote School of Business.