The following article about Jean-Garbiel Poulin choosing to play with the Université de Montréal Carabins appeared in the Journal de Québec of December 9th. The original article has been translated it into English.
POULIN CHOOSES THE CARABINS
Journal de Québec, December 9, 2013
By Richard Boutin
Jean- Gabriel Poulin will not be coming home. A native of Quebec City, the Vanier Cheetahs linebacker has decided that he will continue his career with the Université de Montréal Carabins.
"I love the Carabins' football program, but their academic component was also very important." said Poulin, who played his high school football with the Séminaire Saint -François Blizzard. "I was blown away when I visited HEC and McGill was the same caliber academically, but I didn't have high enough grades to be accepted."
Poulin is keenly aware of the fierce competition that exists among linebackers at the camp of the Blues. "There are a lot of linebackers with the Carabins, and I will learn from someone like Byron Archambault," he mentioned. Because the competition will be strong and push me to the limit every day, I will improve my game and become better. I will work hard every week to be ready when I start. I'm excited to play the next five years with a player of the caliber of Jonathan Boissonneault-Glaou." (Jonathan is a rookie Carabin originally from Lennoxville.)
An open door
Among linebackers ranked in the second and third tiers of this year's recruitment, will Poulin find himself as an inside linebacker, behind Archambault, or as an outside linebacker? "I am able to play both positions," he said. The coaches are not decided, but I will consider the option of playing two positions in my training. I thought my weight up to 240 pounds, but 230 pounds would be perfect in Canada because I do not want to neglect my speed."
Even though he signed his letter of intent with the Carabins, Poulin is keeping open the door if ever an NCAA team expresses interst. "I will certainly consider the option if I get an offer from the United States," he said. "I visited Laval during the summer, but I have not heard since the end of the season. I wanted to make up my mind before Christmas for Canada."
Poulin was present at the Vanier Cup as a guest of the Rouge et Or.
Poulin's Vanier teammate, guard Gregory Bouchard has also opted for the Carabins. The native of Saguenay also considered the Western Mustangs plus he visited Sherbrooke.
"By living in Montreal, I'll be closer to my family and it will be less expensive when I go to London," said the former student of Polyvalente Dominic-Racine. "I'll have the opportunity to compete fairly quickly, which is another rationale for my decision."