Written by Ameeta Vohra
Photo by Ravens Football
OTTAWA, ON — Making a major recruiting splash, the Carleton Ravens have landed one of the top quarterback prospects in the nation.
Recently, the Ravens announced that Michael Arruda has signed his letter of intent with the football program. Arruda, the 5’9, 180 pound pivot from Gatineau, Quebec transfers over to the Ravens from the Ottawa Gee-Gees.
The Ravens strengthen their quarterback depth, addressing the void that will be left behind after Jesse Mills finishes his stint with the team this fall. Arruda’s addition solidifies the skills and experience that position will have in the future, alongside Tanner DeJong and Giordy Belfiore.
Since joining the Ravens, Arruda has already made his presence known and has had a positive impact on the program. For their part, the Ravens are excited to see how his positive impact will shape the team in future years
“Mike Arruda is one of the most accomplished quarterbacks in this country and we are lucky to have him come to Carleton from Ottawa U,” commented Ravens Head Coach Steve Sumarah. “Since he has been here, he has shown tremendous leadership and skill at the quarterback position. “
“He will be an integral part of the Ravens going forward.”
Arruda began his gridiron ascension at the age of 10 with the Gatineau Vikings of the National Capital Amateur Football Association (NCAFA). In grade 10 with the Philemon Wright Falcons, the quarterback came into his own as he broke multiple records en route to leading the team to a Bol D’Or Championship.
After the Falcons, the Gatineau native moved on to CEGEP Division 1 team Champlain-Lennoxville Cougars. During the 2015 season, Arruda led the Cougars to a Bol D’Or Championship and was named the league’s MVP as well as a Division 1 All-Star.
When he took over the Cougars starting quarterback position in his second year, he enjoyed his best season with the Cougars as he amassed 2450 passing yards, 24 passing touchdowns and seven interceptions.
Moreover, Arruda has represented his home province at the2012 Football Canada Cup in London, Ontario where he guided Team Quebec to a gold medal win over Team Alberta. He honed his skills by attending the Bruno Heppell Camp.
When Arruda observed the Ravens during a key game early in the season, he was hooked because of the unique buzz surrounding the football program.
“After watching the game vs Western at the beginning of the season, I felt that the Ravens are onto something, not because they beat Western, but the coaching staff and players seemed so hungry and fired up,” recalled the Quebec quarterback. “The vibe I felt on the sidelines was just an indescribable feeling, but from that day on, I knew I wanted to be a part of this team.”
Throughout the whole process, Arruda felt welcomed by the Ravens. Furthermore, his comfort level and the team’s overall philosophy solidified his decision.
“The Carleton Ravens took me in with open arms as if I was their own,” elaborated the pivot. “It’s not every team that will have meetings with a recruit and take the time to get him into an honours program within a week, especially during the season!”
“From the first day I was introduced to the players and other coaches, I felt a sense of being with a big family. The coaches do an amazing job at emphasizing the fact that we need to play as a group, not individuals and I take pride on that.”
Despite the challenges and adversity he’s faced, Arruda is ready and thrilled to continue his CIS career with the Ravens.
“It was not the prettiest road to get here, playing for the Gee-Gees at first, but everyone makes mistakes in life and the good thing is I know that I’m in the right place now!”
“I’m glad I’m bleeding the colours of a Raven!”
Carleton Ravens 2017 Football Recruits:
Recruiting Announcement #1 – J’Min Pelley, Reid Wiley & Xave Warner
Recruiting Announcement #2 – Cole Hepburn, Ryk Vanderpol, Matt Stephens