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TRURO – Years of hard work on and off the gridiron opened a new door for Riley Jennings on Wednesday, as he signed off on the next chapter of his football life.

The high school senior is one of two Cobequid Cougars committing to St. Francis-Xavier for next season, along with teammate Bruce Landsberg.

Jennings was on hand at the Cougar Dome on Wednesday along with St. FX head coach Gary Waterman to sign the papers and make things official.

“It’s a big day,” Jennings said. “I wouldn’t be here without my parents, my coaches all along the way, and of course my teammates.”

Landsberg, a standout on the football team and basketball team, is looking forward to getting started at the next level.

“It’s extremely exciting and I really never thought it would happen,” he said. “I can’t wait to get started.”

A big guy at the high school stage, Landsberg said he’ll need to get stronger to fit the Atlantic University Sport game, where most linemen will be his size or bigger.

“I think I have a good football IQ for the high school level and good size on the line,” he said. “But there’s room to improve to make it at the next level, for sure.”

Jennings and Landsberg will be joining a program on the rise. Last season, the X-Men finished second in the league standings with a 4-4 win-loss record in the four-team league. The team made it to the league final and lost to Mount Allison, who waltzed through the season with a perfect record.

The X-Men had success despite being a young team, with a handful of freshmen starting on any given night. This year, they’ll be one year older, along with returning quarterback Tivon Cook, who led the league in yards-per-game last season.

They’ll also have a good group of new recruits, said Waterman.

“Our recruiting is going really well so far this year,” he said. “We brought in a big group of first-year players last year to be the core of our team moving forward and I think this new group will complement that group very well.”

Despite playing through a hard season with a 2-5 record, Jennings and Landsberg stood out. At season’s end, Jennings was named an all-star receiver while Landsberg was named an all-star offensive lineman.

Waterman got his first glimpse of the CEC players earlier this season while attending their home opener.

“There was one name we kept hearing coming out of Truro, over and over again it was this Jennings kid, so we figured we’d go see what it was all about.”

As the season progressed, Waterman and his staff also took note of Landsberg’s play. Shortly after he was named an all-star, the team reached out to Landsberg and started the recruitment process.

While both players held numerous positions with the Cougars, Jennings figures to slot in as an H-back tight end and Landsberg as an offensive lineman.

While Jennings said he had other offers, St. FX was always his first choice.

“I remember watching my first AUS game a few years back at TAAC Grounds, it was SMU versus St. FX, actually. I was cheering for X.”

 

 

The high school senior is one of two Cobequid Cougars committing to St. Francis-Xavier for next season, along with teammate Bruce Landsberg.

Jennings was on hand at the Cougar Dome on Wednesday along with St. FX head coach Gary Waterman to sign the papers and make things official.

“It’s a big day,” Jennings said. “I wouldn’t be here without my parents, my coaches all along the way, and of course my teammates.”

Landsberg, a standout on the football team and basketball team, is looking forward to getting started at the next level.

“It’s extremely exciting and I really never thought it would happen,” he said. “I can’t wait to get started.”

A big guy at the high school stage, Landsberg said he’ll need to get stronger to fit the Atlantic University Sport game, where most linemen will be his size or bigger.

“I think I have a good football IQ for the high school level and good size on the line,” he said. “But there’s room to improve to make it at the next level, for sure.”

Jennings and Landsberg will be joining a program on the rise. Last season, the X-Men finished second in the league standings with a 4-4 win-loss record in the four-team league. The team made it to the league final and lost to Mount Allison, who waltzed through the season with a perfect record.

The X-Men had success despite being a young team, with a handful of freshmen starting on any given night. This year, they’ll be one year older, along with returning quarterback Tivon Cook, who led the league in yards-per-game last season.

They’ll also have a good group of new recruits, said Waterman.

“Our recruiting is going really well so far this year,” he said. “We brought in a big group of first-year players last year to be the core of our team moving forward and I think this new group will complement that group very well.”

Despite playing through a hard season with a 2-5 record, Jennings and Landsberg stood out. At season’s end, Jennings was named an all-star receiver while Landsberg was named an all-star offensive lineman.

Waterman got his first glimpse of the CEC players earlier this season while attending their home opener.

“There was one name we kept hearing coming out of Truro, over and over again it was this Jennings kid, so we figured we’d go see what it was all about.”

As the season progressed, Waterman and his staff also took note of Landsberg’s play. Shortly after he was named an all-star, the team reached out to Landsberg and started the recruitment process.

While both players held numerous positions with the Cougars, Jennings figures to slot in as an H-back tight end and Landsberg as an offensive lineman.

While Jennings said he had other offers, St. FX was always his first choice.

“I remember watching my first AUS game a few years back at TAAC Grounds, it was SMU versus St. FX, actually. I was cheering for X.”

 

 

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