UBC is where local recruit “wanted to be” (VIDEO)

North Vancouver defensive end joins CWUAA team’s 2016 class.

If you asked Mitchell Thrift is he envisioned a CIS career before the start of the scholastic year this past fall, the answer would have been no.

However, the 6’3, 210 pound defensive end from North Vancouver, British Columbia enjoyed a successful gridiron campaign and thus gained increased recruitment attention.

“To be honest, I wasn’t planning on playing football in university at the beginning of the year,” recalled I didn’t even play in grade 11, but new Coach Brady convinced me to play in grade 12.”

As a result, Thrift signed with local CIS team, University of British Columbia (UBC) Thunderbirds. The defensive standout will join the team for the 2016 CWUAA season.

“I was planning on going to UBC nonetheless,” added Thrift. ¬†“I started to get noticed through the year so I sent my video to UBC, I didn’t expect anything.”

“After UBC got in contact with me, I went for my visit and met the coaching staff; that’s where I knew I wanted to be. So here I am now.”
Thrift overcame adversity this past fall as he rallied back from both a dislocated shoulder and broken thumb to help the Carson Graham Eagles of the British Columbia High School Football Association (BCHSFA) win the Provincial ‘AA’ Championship. ¬†During the 2015 campaign, the defensive end amassed 57 tackles and recorded nine sacks (including 26 tackles and four sacks during the playoffs).

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