In this very special year, William Naud is the first player to join the Rouge et Or of Laval University for the 2021 recruitment round.
Courted by all the RSEQ teams, the Ottawa Gee Gees, Queen’s Gaels and Bishop’s Gaiters, the CNDF inside linebacker made his decision on Tuesday. In the end, he decided between Laval and the Carabins of the University of Montreal.
“I have a lot of coaches and mentors who have evolved in Laval,” explained Naud. Guys like Marc-André Dion and Pascal Masson went to Laval, as did Benjamin Garand-Gauthier. My former coach in the school ranks Marc-Olivier Dubé also advised me in the recruitment process. Even though he was an assistant with the Gee Gees last year, Marc-Olivier played the big brother role in this process. ”
“I’ve wanted to play at Laval for a long time and the decision was clear to continue the author of 55.5 tackles in 2019. The Rouge et Or values match mine and I didn’t want to force my parents to move again. . They had moved to Quebec two years ago. ”
As is the case with all of this year’s recruits due to the pandemic, Naud discovered universities interested in his services through the magic of a virtual tour. “Everywhere, it was well done and the coaches introduced us to the campus, the school and football program,” he said. We had a good idea. I would have liked to visit to take advantage of the one hundred percent recruiting experience, but my decision was not swayed. I am lucky to have had a good season in 2019, which allowed me to go where I wanted. It’s disappointing for the guys who were counting on the 2020 season to demonstrate their worth and who won’t have the opportunity to prove themselves. ”
The Rouge et Or are counting on a good contingent of linebackers for the next season. Where does the native of Gatineau see himself in the lineup? “I want to contribute as much as possible from my first season, whether it’s defense or special teams. We’re almost at the same level as the guys who came home last year. I like competition and it brings out the positive. ”
Naud is obviously disappointed that the season has been canceled. “It’s boring because I was waiting for this moment to play my third season since I arrived at CEGEP,” he said. This is the year when you are at your best. It’s something I can’t control and I don’t blame anyone for it. “