SFU Clan now home to CFC100 twins

SFU welcomes two BC commits to their 2019 class.

It is said that football is a brotherhood, well CFC100 quarterback Gideone Kremler and CFC100 athlete Zairech Kremler from Mount Douglas Secondary School took that literarily when the twins signed with the Simon Fraser Clan.

The pair will be joining older brother Justice Kremler, a linebacker who played with SFU in 2017 before spending the 2018 season with the Vancouver Island Raiders (CJFL). He also attended Mount Douglas Secondary.

CFC100 Gideone Kremler

SFU holds a unique position being the only Canadian university football team to play in the NCAA (Division 2). It’s something that caught Gideone Kremler’s eye. “I’ve always loved competition. It only made sense to go to a place that offered the highest competition to play against,” he said. “Campus is close to home, so my family and friends will always have an opportunity to see me improve and play.”

Courtesy of Gideone Kremler.

Despite being Canadian-located, the Clan play four-down ball. That’s just fine with Gideone. “I’ve always enjoyed American football more than Canadian and I feel the style of play is more suited to my attributes and abilities,” he said.

When it boiled down to it, Gideone said one of the main reasons why he chose SFU were the coaches. “All incredibly honest and hardworking people and (they) embody the culture I want at a program,” he said. “Head Coach Thomas Ford has been an amazing guy throughout the whole process, answering any questions I have at any time and making sure I fully understood everything there is to know about the program and the school.”

In terns of academics, Gideone has his eyes set on education with a minor in psychology. “Helping people has always been a goal of mine,” he said. “I’d like to coach someday and/or be a sports psychologist.”

Born and raised in Victoria, BC, Gideone has been playing football for ten years. In that span he has be a member of the Gordon Head Raiders (GVMFA), the Victoria Outlaws (GVMFA), the Victoria Renegades (GVMFA) and the Mount Douglas Rams (BCSSFA). Sidelined with an injury, he was unable to participate in the Fox 40 Prospect Challenge.

In grade nine, Gideone, who is 6’0, 185lbs, helped the Rams win a provincial championship. He was also a Western Conference all-star. In 2018, he and the Rams captured another provincial championship. He was also the game’s MVP.

CFC100 Zairech Kremler

Throughout the recruiting process, Zairech Kremler said he has always been interested in SFU because of its academics and location. “The only tough part was wanting to go to a great football program, but with Coach Ford taking the reigns over there and being less than a year in, everything is changing for the better,” he said.

Courtesy of Zairech Kremler.

“The team, the energy, the culture and as you’ve seen with so many commits early, they’re really on top of their recruiting season,” he added. “It’s just been a lot easier, less stressful and more exciting seeing what’s happened over 11 months of that guy (Thomas Ford), walking in there.”

With all the changes, Zairech said he is really excited to be a part of it. He also said that the coaching staff has been great and “they have all been really positive, really welcoming and helpful, and they all seem extremely excited for what’s coming this year let alone what’s going to follow.”

Thinking about academics, Zairech said he is interested in either psychology or behavioural science. “The inner scope of the mind has always been really interesting to me, so I’m excited to start my university education in some of their great programs,” he said.

Zairech’s career began in grade two with the Raiders and he played with the team until grade eight. He also played with the Outlaws from grades four to six. In grade seven and eight he was a member of the Renegades. He then spent four years of high school ball with the Rams. Between grades 10 and 12 he was a part of the Gameready Elite. While he has been to FPC combines and tryouts, he didn’t participate in this year’s FPC.

Standing at 6’0, 175lbs, Zairech has played all over the field but is primarily a running back, linebacker and wide receiver. He was a provincial champion in 2014. In his freshman year he was rookie of the year. The following year he was an MVP and recognized for his academic excellence. He was rookie of the year his junior year as well and won another provincial championship in grade 12.

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