Horton's Davidson to play college football in Quebec

John Decoste
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For the second time in three years, a highly regarded Horton football player has chosen to continue his education and play football in Quebec.

Cameron Davidson has signed a two-year letter of intent with the Victoriaville Vulcans of the CEGEP college conference.

Davidson said he heard about Victoriaville from his neighbour, Kevin Hayes, who played football there before moving on to play university football at Acadia.

“(I’m) very excited to be playing for the Vulcans myself. It’s a program with a rich history, heading into its 45th year in the CEGEP league,” Davidson said.

Head football coach Christian Perron, Davidson said, “was a major factor in my decision, and made Victoriaville an easy choice. He has a great ‘players-first’ mentality that immediately drew me in after the first time we talked.”

Davidson recently visited Victoriaville to check out the campus, where he signed his letter of intent.

“Both my dad and I fell in love with the city,” he said, adding, “I always had a sense it was where I wanted to be. The hospitality has been amazing, and I’m excited to tackle the challenge of communicating in Victoriaville, which is 100 per cent French.”

Davidson deliberated long and hard as to where he wanted to be, receiving interest from a handful of CIS schools, including Acadia.

“I chose the CEGEP route as an extra couple of years to develop myself as a player and gain size and strength so I can enter university much more prepared to compete at that elite level,” he said.

He said the next two years are “a great transition stage that I know will pay off plentifully in CIS football down the road. The recruitment base is also much bigger in Quebec, and with more exposure comes more opportunity.”

In choosing CEGEP, Davidson follows in the footsteps of former Horton teammate Adam Melanson who, after a year at Champlain College, entered Acadia and ended up as the Atlantic conference’s rookie of the year for 2013.

Acadia is still on his radar as a potential CIS destination, he said, but one of the factors in choosing CEGEP was the number of running backs on the Axemen roster, which would have limited his potential playing time.

Organizations: CEGEP college, Champlain College

Geographic location: Victoriaville, Quebec, Acadia

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