After verbally agreeing in mid July to accept a full athletic scholarship to the University at Buffalo Bulls for 2010-11, when he was still only 16, Veinotte has added another 20 pounds of muscle to bring him to that magic number for offensive linemen. He did hit the 307-pound mark before dropping seven pounds.
Veinotte attended the University at Buffalo football camp three months ago and caught the attention of head coach Turner Gill, a former CFL quarterback. He impressed the coaching staff, which included former Ottawa quarterback Danny Barrett (Bulls’ offensive co-ordinator), with his technique, size and maturity.
Gill rewarded Veinotte with a full scholarship offer almost three months before he turned 17.
"I couldn’t risk saying no," Veinotte said in an interview Wednesday, after St. Peter defeated South Carleton 50-0 to open another National Capital Secondary School Athletic Association senior tier 1 football season.
"I didn’t want to risk saying no in case there would be no other offers. You can’t pass up a free education and that level of football."
One thing you cant teach is size, and Veinotte has size in spades. He may be not have ideal height (6-5), but an 17 year old over 300 pounds is a nice find for a mid major program.
Among his career highlights are:
- NCSSAA senior tier 1 championship in 2008 and junior championship in 2007 for St. Peter. He was a senior co-captain last year and this year;
- Selected to the 2008 high school senior all-star team;
- Won several National Capital Amateur Football Association championships for Cumberland Panthers;
- Played for Eastern Ontario and won the gold medal at the 2009 Football Canada Cup and the bronze medal at the 2008 Football Canada Cup. He was team co-captain in 2009;
- Helped Cumberland reach Ontario Varsity Football League junior final in 2008.