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Canadian defensive back set to join Rainbow Warriors

Defensive back Jeremie “Jay” Dominique told the Honolulu Star-Advertiser he has accepted a scholarship from the University of Hawaii football team.

Dominique, who is 6 feet 1 and 193 pounds, said he will enroll in UH’s 2017 spring semester. He said he will compete in the Rainbow Warriors’ spring training, which begins on Feb. 20.

“I’ve seen how their program is going,” Dominique said of the Warriors. “You see it with the new coaching staff. They’ve had success, and I feel it’s only the beginning. They’re heading for something great, especially the defense they’re playing. I feel they play a defense that fits everything I can do.”

Dominique drew attention because of his coverage skills in Canadian football. In Canada’s version, the field is wider and receivers are permitted running starts before the football is snapped.

“You’ve got guys running at you who’ve had a head start,” Dominique said. “Before they get to the line of scrimmage, they probably have a 15-yard start coming at you.”

But Dominique did well enough to earn inclusion on All-Quebec teams.

Dominque, who was raised in Montreal, is trilingual. He is fluent in English, French and sports.

“I was a big sports kid,” Dominique said. “I’ve been training pretty much as soon as I started walking. That’s how I was raised. I’ve always been focusing on sports.”

While he grew up playing hockey and basketball, he focused on football when he was 14. “That’s really where my passion is,” Dominique said. “When I switched (from hockey to football), it was like, I was born to do this.”

In December, Dominique completed his studies at Old Montreal Cegep, a bridge school between Quebec’s secondary school and a university. In Quebec’s educational system, a secondary school — the equivalent of middle school/high school — runs through grade 11. After that, a student wishing to attend a university must earn a certificate from a cegep.

Dominque said he intends to pursue a degree in international business at UH. He also will continue his football studies.

“I’m always training, watching tape, watching games,” Dominique said. “That’s what takes up most of my time. I’m always focused on football and get better.”

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  • I FEEL SORRY FOR HAWAII ATHLETES WHO TURN DOWN U.H. OFFERS; THIS GUY GETS IT REGARDING A GROWING PORGRAM WITH HUGE UP-SIDE POTENTIAL. THEY ALL WILL GO TO BIGGER PROGRAMS, ONLY TO DISAPPEAR AMONG OTHERS ON THE ROSTERS.

  • These endless reports about Joe Blow from North Nowhere has signed to play at UH, year after year, are so tedious. I mean, really, “Did well enough to earn inclusion on All Québec teams!” Just tell us wherever the local guys are headed and give us a list of UH recruit on letter of intent day, and spare us the unabashed cheerleading.

    • Dabacpac, You know nothing about marketing. These reports of recruit signings and their ratings are meant to generate fan interest and get them to buy or renew season tickets. Guys like you don’t have to read these articles until signing day. UH paying marketing employees to get more sales. Guys like you should read golf scores until signing day!

    • I agree some cheerleading/pr is needed for any program that fights for entertainment dollars. What we don’t need is a guy like Tsai that has a big M on his chest and basically only cheerleads select ex-missionaries. I believe he got his big A kicked by the UH admin. after his biased article about “disgusting” players who chose not to play in bowl games. Also, expect not to hear much from Tsai pet player, Collie, after that article.

    • This is the off season after a successful bowl victory. UH is a program on the come up. Any and all news for UH football will be noteworthy. This is what the off season media coverage is all about.

  • Im assuming UH coaches looked at JDs film and saw something raw that could be crafted. There is no other info stated. Tsai does that alot–baiting. To keep up his rating numbers. He has to earn a living. Like most of us.
    Does anyone have statistics– he has good size for a cb. Many Canadiens are recruited and do well in American colleges. Who could forget Bill Massey former hard-slogging UH RB.

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