NCAA Early Signing Period: Sambu set to join the thriving Canadian Club at Maine

CFC100 DL Justin Sambu (Clarkson Football North – Cochrane AB)
Just when it seemed like the storm had cleared on day two, Justin Sambu appeared with the announcement that he signed with the Maine Black Bears which made him the 13th Canadian to commit during the NCAA Early Signing Period.

Sambu grew up in Cochrane, Alberta where he played at Cochrane High School, which is a Tier III program that tends to get lost amongst the bigger teams from Calgary and Edmonton, but that didn’t stop Sambu from dominating on the field and attracting the attention of scouts. He ended up winning back-to-back ASAA Tier III Championships, played for Team Alberta at the Canada Cup, then the pinnacle came when he suited up for Team Canada in the International Bowl in 2016. This originally led him to verbally commit to the University of Calgary a year ago, but instead he jump shipped to Ontario to play at Clarkson Football North, and that decision allowed him to draw a few more eyes his way while playing a full American schedule this season. He had one big-time offer roll in from Missouri, which was a rare SEC offer for a Canadian born player, but instead Sambu decided to join the Black Bears who’ve already signed CFC100 Katley Joseph and currently have five Canadian on their active roster – mostly in their freshman years.

After winning just three games in 2015, the Black Bears have managed to get back on a track with 10 wins over the last two years, and they’ve certainly made it no secret that they’re willing to bet on talent from north of the border in order to get back into the FCS playoff picture.

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