Highly regarded prospects expected to have immediate impact with Bisons
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The University of Manitoba football team announced the addition of two highly regarded prospects Tuesday who head coach Brian Dobie believes can have a immediate impact on the club’s fortunes.
Defensive lineman Lamar Goods, a product of Fort McMurray, Alta., and offensive lineman Sean Rowe, a Winnipegger who dominated at Dakota Collegiate, will play and are expected to start for the Bisons this fall.
The 6-5, 310-pound Rowe, named the Winnipeg High School Football League’s lineman of the year in 2022, helped the Lancers rushing attack to a Division 1 best of 1,241 yards on the ground.
The 17-year-old had nine university offers but chose to stay close to home.
“I wouldn’t say it was difficult, it was just kind of a long process,” said Rowe, adding he had seven U Sports offers and two from NCAA Division II schools, including Simon Fraser University in Burnaby, B.C. “It was pretty much a yearlong process with the U of M and as well as with the other schools. I had nine offers, right? It was just a matter of narrowing them down and the U of M just felt like home, so in that sense it wasn’t hard at all.”
Rowe was a newcomer to the game when he entered Dakota in Grade 9 as a 6-2, 250-pounder. He chose football after an eight-year soccer career.
“It was just gradual growth — half an inch or three quarters of an inch every year and I’ve pretty much been 6-5 since the end of Grade 11,” said Rowe. “In Grade 9 I decided to really focus on football.”
“In all my years, he is simply one of the best WHSFL football players I have seen,” said Dobie in a release. “It’s also beneficial that he plays left tackle. He could go down as a Bisons great and moves so well for a 17-year-old of that size and weight.”
Rowe visited four schools, including the U of M, McMaster, Queen’s and Calgary before making his choice earlier this month.
Added recruiting co-ordinator Sean Oleksewycz: “He’s probably the most outstanding high school player in Manitoba. He can be a Day 1 starter as a freshman, just an unbelievable talent. We simply could not let this guy get out of the province.”
The 21-year-old Goods, meanwhile, is the son of former Winnipeg Blue Bombers defensive lineman Bennie Goods and the cousin of current Bisons defensive-line coach Shaq Armstrong.
“(Armstrong’s) had a great relationship with Lamar for years,” said Dobie. “It’s almost like Lamar is coming home. His body and the way he can push the pocket is outstanding. Against the run, he is perfectly suited for defensive co-ordinator Stan Pierre’s defence.”
Added Oleksewycz: “Lamar is a true game-changer from the interior D-line position. He’s an amazing talent and body that will be on the roster Day 1. It’s not often that a power five, four-star player picks your school to attend. We are so excited to get Lamar on campus and get working.”