Although he has yet to play a single game with his preschool in Massachusetts, tackle Maxime-Olivier Cabana has already received three program offers from the NCAA Division 1 (FBS).
Due to COVID-19, the Williston Northampton School Wildcats will not start their season until October 24, best-case scenario, on a shortened schedule. Travel between the states of Massachusetts and Connecticut is not permitted, making it difficult to make a calendar. Preparatory schools in other American states, however, have started their activities.
“I expected to receive interest, but I did not expect to have so many offers so quickly,” summarized Cabana, who played his school football with the Blizzard of the Séminaire Saint-François. I worked hard during the off season and my efforts are paying off. ”
Cabana has received formal offers from UMass, Central Michigan and UPenn, who play in the Ivy League. “My number one goal is to get an offer of a top 10 program,” said the 6’5 ”, 270-pound ascender. My dream will come true if I achieve this goal. With an overall GPA of 93 percent, I also want to end up at a university that offers a good academic program. I will receive more offers after the season. I want to wait until after my season and explore all the options available to me. Some coaches want to wait until they get videos of our games before making me an offer. ”
How can you stand out when you come from a high school in Quebec and have not yet played a single game on American soil? “My head coach has a lot of contacts,” he explained. NCAA coaches are using Twitter to write to me. They like that I finish my games and that I give myself to the maximum. I had a good movie in 5e secondary, but I improved as it is not possible. During the confinement, I had nothing else to do and I trained every day. I improved my strength, my speed and my understanding of the game. My time on 40 yards notably went from 5.7 s to 5.2 s. “
Failing to play games, Cabana resumed training with helmet and shoulder pads for two weeks. He wears a helmet with a visor that covers his entire face. The first few weeks had been reserved for physical conditioning and agility exercises.
“It’s really nice to have put the shoulder pads back on. I really like my position trainer. It’s one of the best I’ve had. ”
To live its first months away from the family home, Cabana can count on the presence of Jean-Philippe Giguère. Defensive back with the Blizzard, Giguère also opted for the Wildcats.
“Even though I’m starting to get used to it, it’s hard to be away from home, family and friends,” he said. It feels good to speak French. We decompress at the end of the day. I really love school and I don’t regret my choice. ”