UBC “hard to turn down” says local recruit (VIDEO)

Parksville offensive lineman joins CWUAA team’s 2016 class.

Steve Martin is thrilled about his future gridiron and academic plans.

Recently, the 6’5 240 pound offensive lineman from Parksville signed with local CIS team, University of British Columbia (UBC) Thunderbirds.  Martin will join the team for the 2016 CWUAA season.

Overall, the offer the have the best of both worlds on and off the field was too good of an offer for the lineman to pass up.

“UBC is one of the top academic schools in Canada, which is really important for me,” explained Martin.  “Going to university to further my education has always been a part of my career plans.”

“Being such a well-recognized school, and being so close to home, UBC has been in the back of my mind forever, so when the opportunity came to be able to attend UBC while playing the sport that i love, it was hard to turn down!”

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Having an opportunity to contribute to the Vanier Cup Champions in future years was another main factor in his decision.

“Committing to play for their football program goes without saying, just look at their past season,” expressed the lineman.  “Coach [Blake] Nill is a brilliant coach, significantly turning UBC’s program around this past season.”

“They’ll definetly a national title contender for years to come, and I’m excited to contribute my hard work to make the most out of my years as a Thunderbird.”

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Martin’s final campaign with the Ballenas Whalers of the British Columbia High School Football Association (BCHSFA) was cut short because of a MCL strain. However, the lineman recorded 10 sacks and registered 28 tackles in just five games playing at the defensive end position.

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