Football: T-Birds snap up American imports

The invaluable Howard Tsumura had a report on Friday night about UBC adding three players from Western Washington University, which folded its football team in January.

That includes a 6-foot-3, 285-lb. tackle, Kelly Kurisu, who has his full five years of eligibility (well, as long as UBC plays in a league with a five-year rule).
"Kelly Kurisu is going to be special ... His high school tape was unbelievable. He can run. He might be the (incoming recruit) that I am most excited about. Kelly is the real deal." — UBC coach Ted Goveia
UBC also added two other Western Washington players, QB Cole Morgan and linebacker Hunter Spencer. Neither was a starter. Spencer was a scout-teamer and one source listed him at 5-foot-8, 185 lbs., so he might have to learn a new position along with new rules.

There is a natural migration part between B.C. and the west coast of the United States, Washington and California especially. UBC has already announced that five U.S. players have committed to the Thunderbirds, which makes it seem like they're positioning themselves for a potential NCAA move.

That's only one reading. Another is that many of Canada's top academic schools are starting to look to the U.S. for student recruitment and likewise, studying in Canada looks pretty good since tuition is probably lower, even for a foreign student.

WWU tackle Kurisu looks outside the box, finds gridiron future with UBC Thunderbirds (Howard Tsumura, Little Man on Campus)
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