Jacob Grant a 6'3", forward and attacking midfielder of St. John's, Newfoundland has committed to the Memorial Sea-Hawks men's soccer team for the 2018-2019 season. Grant, a recent graduate from Saint Andrew's College (SAC) in Aurora, Ontario has been a member of the school's soccer team for the past two years and was named team captain and team MVP for the 2017-2018 season.
Jacob has had a very successful soccer career in Newfoundland & Labrador as well. He was a member of the 2017 NL Men's Canada Games team, an NLSA Provincial player from U13 to U17, played for St. John's Soccer Club REP teams during this youth career and started training at the age of 14 with the Holy Cross Challenge Cup Team. He is currently a member of the Holy Cross Challenge Cup team and competed with the team last year at the Challenge Cup Canada Soccer Toyota National Championships in Surrey, BC.
Due to much success in 2017 Jacob was named NLSA Junior Player of the Year.
"I did miss out on a lot at home though and really wanted to start my university career as a student athlete with my family and friends there to support me."
Jacob was recruited by the director of the Winstars Soccer Academy in Ontario and presented with a number of opportunities from great NCAA D1 & D2 programs. But when Jacob returned home in April for the NLSA annual awards he knew home was where he wanted to be and committed to Jake Stanford and the Memorial Sea-Hawks.
"I had been away for two years at SAC and it was an amazing experience. I got a great education and it opened up a whole new world for me and I am proud to be a St. Andrew's Old Boy. I did miss out on a lot at home though and really wanted to start my university career as a student athlete with my family and friends there to support me."
Stanford is looking forward to seeing Jacob in the red and white next season and feels his commitment to Memorial will pay dividends for many years to come.
"Jacob brings the total package as a player. He is a technically skilled player with great tactical vision and his size and strength on the ground and in the air will have an immediate impact with our team."
"I am thrilled that we have landed such a high talented prospect to our soccer program at Memorial. Universities in Canada and the US aggressively recruited Jacob, so I was extremely happy when he informed me he wanted to come home and be a Sea-Hawk. Jacob brings the total package as a player. He is a technically skilled player with great tactical vision and his size and strength on the ground and in the air will have an immediate impact with our team. Jacob also brings a tremendous work ethic and attitude on and off the pitch and we anticipate him to be a leader within the Sea-Hawks program for the next 4-5 years."
Coach Stanford has had hopes of landing Jacob for a few years now, but knew it wouldn't be an easy task. Jacob and Coach Stanford have built a strong relationship over the past few years, which no doubt contributed into his decision.
"Jake Stanford had been talking to me about Memorial for quite a while, so I sent him a text, told him my change in plans and it was a done deal. Jake seems excited to have me and I really like being coached by him and as I said, I would love to play for an AUS championship on his team. I think I could play a big role in making that happen."
Grant is looking forward to the start of his Sea-Hawks career & plans to study Business at Memorial, as business and law were his favorite courses at St. Andrew's.
The Sea-Hawks open the season at home on Saturday, September 8th against the UPEI Panthers at King George V Soccer Field. For more information, visit http://www.goseahawks.ca/