Head Coach Mark Haggett and his staff have been canvassing the Maritimes and the rest of Canada for top football recruits looking for the opportunity for a premier education and football experience in the heart of Halifax, Nova Scotia.

The Dalhousie Tigers Football program is proud to announce the largest recruiting class in team history for 2017, with many more names to announce before the 2017 season begins. While much of the 2017 class are local recruits, talented young men from across the country including Alberta and Ontario have committed to the Tigers for 2017.

“We are very excited to announce the addition of these young men to the Tigers family,” said Coach Haggett.

The Tigers coaching and executive staff is hard at work completing the 2017 class with a full class announcement coming in the near future.

We will be profiling one recruit every Monday leading up to the 2017 season start.

Ian Oyler

Position: QB
Height: 6’0″
Weight: 160 lbs
Hometown: Hammonds Plains, NS
High School: Charles P Allen (Bedford, NS)
Other Teams: Team Nova Scotia U18

The first recruit profile of 2017 is QB Ian Oyler from Charles P Allen High School in Halifax, NS. Ian has played since the age of nine years old, and started his role as quarterback in his grade 11 year at CPA. He enjoys the game “because of the life lessons I have learned and brotherhoods I have developed while playing the game. I am thankful that I can apply those principles to my life outside of football.”

He was drawn to the Dalhousie program because of “the winning tradition in the AFL, and the high level of academics that come along with attending Dal.” Ian is a very mobile quarterback as shown in his highlight tape (VIDEO). His ability to throw on the run and trick defenses with designed quarterback runs will give the Tigers a speedy advantage in 2017.


When talking about Ian, Coach Haggett says “In the few times I have met with Ian, I can really see he has the intangibles of being a great leader.” Taking advantage of the renowned Commerce program at the Dalhousie Rowe School of Business, Ian “would like to leave Dal with the legacy of multiple championships, and to be respected around the league.”

“I want teams to be afraid to face the Tigers on Saturday,” Ian added. “I would also like to be able to impact as many of my teammates performances as well.” We’re very excited to welcome the 2016 CPA Cheetahs team captain and honours student to the Tigers squad in 2017.


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