‘An excellent addition’
Looking to take his game to the next level, defensive lineman Brandon Wilson is transferring from Holland College to play for Bishop’s University in the U Sports League.
U Sports is the national sport governing body of university sport in Canada, comprising the majority of degree-granting universities in the country. Its equivalent body for organized sports at colleges in Canada is the Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA). Some institutions are members of both bodies for different sports.
“Apart from the hype of living in a city I’ve never seen before, I am excited about being a part of the rebuild of a great team and learning all that I can from Head Coach Cherif Nichols and his staff,” Wilson said about joining the team. “I loved the environment and the vibe that I felt from the school upon my visit and I feel that I can make a great impact on the defensive line.”
In his two years at Holland, Wilson saw his share of success as an individual. In 2016, he was named the Atlantic Football League’s (AFL) Most Valuable Player (MVP) and a league all-star. This past season, he was the league’s defensive lineman of the year.
After coaching Wilson for the past two years, Holland head coach Ross Young said he expects nothing but good things from Wilson this upcoming season.
“Brandon will be an excellent addition to Bishop’s defensive line,” Young said in an interview with Canada Football Chat. “He brings size, strength, speed, skill and a tremendous work ethic and attitude. The Gaiters’ football will do well with Brandon. He is coachable and leads his teammates by example with his passion and commitment to excellence.”
Wilson has made several pit stops on his way to playing for Bishop’s Gaiters. He moved from New Providence in high school to play for the Champagnat Catholic School, and then moved to Roswell, New Mexico to suit up for the New Mexico Military Institute Colts. After two stops in the United States, Wilson moved to Holland College.
The Gaiters struggled mightily last season and finished the year just 1-7 overall. They ended the year on a five-game losing streak,including a 55-11 loss to Saint Mary’s University.
With Wilson signing Gaiters, the number of Bahamians competing in the U Sports League has grown to four. Eugene McMinns, Shelton Williams and Arrien McDonald play for Acadia University.