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.”