The Recruits

The Recruits: The Four Horsemen From Quebec

John Urban

Regardless of which sport, for a high school athlete there are two times where the trials and tribulations might seem too much; injuries and graduation.  Injuries are inevitable for athletes, but rehabilitation requires mental toughness to couple with the physical recuperation.  Injuries don’t lead to a whole lot of choices, you either rehab properly to get back into condition or you don’t.  Graduation on the other hand, gives a young athlete an infinite amount of choices and possibilities.  The factors become numerous; family, friends, education, location, team involvement etc.  Tough decisions surrounding graduation arise for any young authors who just concluded a major chapter of their life, trying to start their next chapter. 

This is the case for four young men from Quebec; Louis Lavaud, Pierre-Paul Dorelien, Thomas Blackburn and Joshua Campbell.  Who recently visited the campus of Western University via John Abbott College, as they look to continue their journey in their young football careers.

Louis Lavaud – Defensive Back – Vaudreuil-Dorion, Quebec
Viewed as a player that could make an immediate impact in the Western Mustangs secondary, Louis is a true cover Cornerback who possesses elite quickness.  This extraordinary talent on the football field and would be looking to study Computer Sciences in the classroom.  For a team that had 7 interceptions (5th most in the OUA), bringing back the pigskin 96 yards in the process in last year’s regular season.  Louis could provide OUA Quarterbacks even more migraines when facing off against the purple and white.

Pierre-Paul Dorelien – Linebacker – Vaudreuil, Quebec
Pierre Dorelien played on the 1990 Yates Cup Championship winning Western Mustangs football team and now his son Pierre-Paul would like to add some more championship rings to the program and family dinner table.  Wanting to pursue Kinesiology or Criminology in the classroom, he is extremely versatile on the football field being able to play both Halfback and Sam Linebacker.  This strong side linebacker could easily increase the number of sacks the defence gets, which for Western was 16 last regular season (8th in the OUA). 

Thomas Blackburn – Linebacker -  Pincourt, Quebec  
Western Mustangs fans have had the pleasure of watching Quebec natives JG Poulin (currently in the CFL) and Philippe Dion (enter his senior year) terrorize OUA offenses for the last couple seasons.  As it is in University Sports though, once they graduate, you look to replace.  Well you couldn’t ask for a better fit then a true Middle Linebacker that makes from sideline to sideline his yard in Thomas Blackburn.  Looking to study in Criminology, his great instincts, ability to stuff a run play and make plays in coverage are what makes him such a sought after talent on the gridiron. 

Joshua Campbell – Defensive Linemen – Greenfield Park, Quebec
When you think about the prototypical Defensive Linemen on the Western Mustangs they are; big, fast, explosive off the ball and are more than disruptive when they get into the backfield.  Well, that is also a perfect description of Joshua Campbell’s game.  Coupled with his excellent hands in his pass rush, Coaches at Western truly believe he could become one of the great Defensive Linemen to dress in a Mustangs uniform.  While not being completely sure on his studies, whether it is Education, Political Sciences or Psychology, he knows he’s 100% ready for whatever the football field brings him. 

Although these four young gentlemen have a plethora of tough decisions to make in their near futures and have yet to commit to Western.  Having the defending Vanier Cup Champions as an option can’t hurt.  Many Coaches and fans on the campus however would love to see; Lavaud, Dorelien, Blackburn or Campbell on the back of a Mustangs uniform come Fall.