Local recruit opts for UBC (VIDEO)

Vancouver lineman joins CWUAA team’s 2016 class.

Jag Sandhu will be playing in front of the hometown crowd in future years at the CIS level.

Recently, the 6’4, 275 pound offensive/defensive tackle from Vancouver signed with the University of British Columbia (UBC) Thunderbirds.  Sandhu will join the team for the 2016 CWUAA season.

Ultimately, Sandhu said the Thunderbirds had three distinctive factors he was looking for in a future gridiron home.

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“I liked the fact that UBC does a good job accommodating football and school and doesn’t allow the two to conflict,” explained the lineman.  “Being one of the top engineering schools in the country and also having the academic support that is second to none was very important.”

“Second was the football aspect and being the defending National Champs speaks for itself. Going 2-6 to wining the Vanier speaks volumes of the coaching staff and what Coach [Blake] Nill brings to the table. Lastly, I wanted to play at a place where my friends and family could watch me because that is something that is very important to me. Looking up into the stands and seeing my family and friends there cheering me on makes me play that much harder.”

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This past fall, Sandhu helped the Vancouver College Fighting Irish of the British Columbia High School Football Association (BCHSFA) reach the Provincial ‘AAA’ Championship Final.  During the 2015 season, the tackle registered 57 tackles, recorded 6 sacks, one fumble recovery, one interception and a touchdown.

Among the honours the standout received last season included BCHSFA ‘AAA’ Western Conference All-Star, BCHSFA ‘AAA’ Provincial All-Star and Fighting Irish Best Lineman Award.

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