Alberta QB Merchant signs with NCAA’s Buffalo Bulls (VIDEO)

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CFC TOP 100’s Chris Merchant has officially signed with NCAA FBS team, Buffalo Bulls.

The 6’2, 190 pound quarterback received the offer from the Bulls on June 14th.

“For the past year I have been doing everything I can to try and give myself an opportunity to go down to the States and play football at a high level,” explained Merchant.  “I travelled down to 7v7 camps, showcases, and football coaches to try and give myself a shot.”

“I was always told I would never be good enough to play Division 1-A football but I knew that if I put myself in the right position by working hard that I would get the opportunity.”

Merchant also has interest from Ivy League schools – Dartmouth, Brown and Yale. After careful consideration, Buffalo was the right choice for Merchant.

“I was able to visit Buffalo and get a better sense of the school,” said the Alberta quarterback.  “After seeing the plans they had for the upcoming years as well as the plan they had for me, my interest started to pick up.”

“I loved the academic programs they had to offer me in Exercise Science and Business and this is what ultimately capped my decision.”

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After a successful career in Alberta, Merchant moved to Ontario to play with the St. Andrew’s Saints, who compete in the Conference of Independent Schools Athletic Association (CISAA). The quarterback was named MVP of Team Ontario Selects at the 2013 Football University International Bowl in Austin, Texas.

In July 2012, the Canadian pivot represented his native province at the Football Canada Cup tournament in London, Ontario as a member of Team Alberta.  He led the team to a silver place finish at the tournament and also received Offensive MVP of the team’s opening game versus Team Nova Scotia.

Merchant began his career at the age of eight with the Calgary Wildcats football organization.  During his career, he has also suited up for the Calgary Falcons and high school team, Western Canada Redmen.

In his midget season last spring, Chris put up impressive statistics on the field as he has 63 completions in 117 attempts, 1235 passing yards (average of 190 yards per game) and six passing touchdowns while rushing for 206 yards with 12 rushing touchdowns.

Among the honours Merchant has received during his gridiron career include Western Canada High School Male Athlete of the Year two consecutive times, Redmen junior team MVP in 2011 and Falcons midget team MVP in 2012.

Merchant signed his letter of intent at St. Andrew’s College in Aurora, Ontario earlier this morning.


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