UBC has ‘high chance of winning Vanier,’ adds 3 CFC100s

UBC adds two out-of-province and one provincial commit to their 2018 class.

The UBC Thunderbirds have had quite a bountiful offseason with the additions of CFC100 linebacker Daniel Kwamou from Notre Dame High School, CFC100 quarterback Michael Calvert from South Delta Secondary School and CFC100 defensive end Shane Desrochers from Canada Prep.

CFC100 Daniel Kwamou

Daniel Kwamou decided to look out-of-province for his schooling option. In his search, he found a team he felt was the right fit for him. “I like the direction they are going and the opportunity to come in and compete to play,” he said. “(The coaches were) very welcoming, caring about their players not just as players but as people.”

In Kwamou’s career, he has played for the Notre Dame Pride (CHSAA) and the Calgary Mavericks in his hometown of Calgary, Alberta. The 6’1, 215lbs outside linebacker was the Pride’s defensive player of the year and the Maverick’s MVP in 2017. He is interested in taking accounting.

CFC100 Michael Calvert

Michael Calvert won’t be travelling out of his hometown province for football. The product of South Delta, BC, saw little reason to leave. “I chose UBC because it has a fantastic football program with a fantastic coaching staff and a high chance to win a Vanier Cup,” he said. “The coaching staff is great. Wherever Head Coach Nill goes, he wins football games and the with new addition of Coach Patazak, that will increase that even more.”

Calvert, who will be taking general arts, added that, “The university itself is a great school academically.”

Standing at 6’2, 210lbs, Calvert has played with the South Delta Rams (NLFA), the South Delta Sun Devils (BCSSFA) and All-Star Youth Sports. He has also participated in the ABC Border Bowl. He is a three-time champion with the Rams, who went undefeated from 2013 to 2015. He was named as an MVP each game. In 2015, he helped his team win the ABC Border Bowl and was named MVP.

In 2016, he was named as a BCSSFA all-star and he won the Baden Canada player of the year award. Last season, while with the Sun Devils, he was named as the top offensive player in BC and was named as an all-star again.

Regardless of his personal success, Calvert knows he has some people he should give credit to for their support. He said, “I’d like to thank my friends, family and all the people that have helped me get to this point.”

CFC100 Shane Desrochers

Every player is driven to win, and Shane Desrochers is no exception. It’s his passion for winning and improving that drew him to the Thunderbirds. “I chose to commit to UBC because of a chance to compete immediately on a team that will be a contender for the Vanier,” he said.

“They have some awesome coaches that I feel will take my game to the next level and hopefully allow me to get a shot at the pros,” he added.

On top of that, Desrochers, who will be studying art in his first year, said that UBC has one of the most beautiful campuses in the country.

Before joining the Canada Prep Raiders, Desrochers played with the Holy Cross Crusaders (KASSAA) in his hometown of Kingston, Ontario. He was named as a Blue-Grey All-American and played in the Blue-Grey All-American game in Jacksonville, Florida. He was in the company of some of the top players in the United States, including four-star prospects who had over fifty offers from programs such as Alabama, Auburn and USC.

The 6’1, 250lbs defensive end also played against a 6’10, 350lbs Washington State offensive tackle where Desrochers had three tackles, one sack and two quarterback hurries over 18 snaps.

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