Chilliwack’s Logan Buchwitz is joining the storied Simon Fraser University football program. (SFU Twitter photo)

Chilliwack’s Logan Buchwitz is joining the storied Simon Fraser University football program. (SFU Twitter photo)

Chilliwack’s Logan Buchwitz signs on with Simon Fraser football

The G.W. Graham star is joining SFU in the NCAA Div 2 Great Northwest Athletic Conference

Though he hasn’t been able to play football this fall, Chilliwack’s Logan Buchwitz has still secured a commitment to a post-secondary spot.

The teenager will be heading to Simon Fraser University when he’s done at G.W. Graham secondary school, joining the one program in Canada that is attached to the NCAA.

“The NCAA factor wasn’t too much of a factor,” Buchwitz said. “I went more off of what appealed to me and where I could see a future at. The factor of the school being NCAA was just a nice added bonus.”

Regarded as the best high school talent in B.C., Buchwitz was on the radar of several programs. Despite not being able to put anything fresh on tape because of the COVID-19 pandemic, Buchwitz did more than enough in previous seasons to get noticed.

A provincial champion with Chilliwack Minor Football Association’s bantam Giants in 2017, and champion with G.W. Graham’s AA junior varsity team in 2018, he comes from a winning background.

He also has lots of experience with Team B.C. and Team Canada programs, and he’s played seven-on-seven ball in Washington State.

With great size and athleticism, he’s the type of projectable kid next-level coaches look for.

“I was being recruited by a variety of other schools but the main other school I was considering was the (University of) Calgary Dinos,” he said. “Calgary has a great program and some amazing coaches so they definitely were a top contender for me.

“But I chose SFU because of the football program, the coaches and the type of offence they run. Everything that they presented to me was appealing and it seemed like a good fit.”

Simon Fraser plays in the Great Northwest Athletic Conference, an NCAA Div II group that includes Alaska-Fairbanks, Alaska-Anchorage, Central Washington, Western Washington, Montana State-Billings, Northwest Nazarene, Saint Martin’s, Seattle Pacific and Western Oregon.

SFU joined the GWAC in 2019 and have struggled on the field, posting a 12-68 record within the conference.

They were 1-5 in 2019 and 0-29 from 2015-18.

“The recent history of SFU didn’t really concern me,” Buchwitz said. “They stated that they were making a change, and as long as they were taking action it was good enough for me.”

Despite its recent struggles, Simon Fraser does have a long and successful history that has seen more SFU players drafted by Canadian Football League teams than any other since 1965. That includes 34 first rounders and five players taken first overall.

Chilliwack football legend Rick Klassen was a proud Simon Fraser alum, and Buchwitz would love to follow in those big footsteps.

For the moment, he’s just excited to have a future football home.

“I am pretty excited to be done with the recruiting process,” he said. “As good a learning experience as it was, it was sometimes stressful. But it’s definitely worth it.

“I am happy to be able to just focus on training and school and have that out of the way now.”

l You’ll probably have noticed this article went by without a single mention of SFU’s team name.

For decades, Simon Fraser went by the moniker ‘Clansmen,’ but the school dropped that in August.

While it was supposed to be a reference to the Scottish background of the man SFU is named after, it was too often associated with the Ku Klux Klan. Calls to change the name intensified after 2017 when the school joined the Great Northwest Athletic Conference and started facing American foes.

A new name has not been finalized.


@ProgressSports
eric.welsh@theprogress.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Want to support local journalism during the pandemic? Make a donation here.

chilliwackFootballSFU

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Justin Louis of Chilliwack, seen here on Nov. 21, 2020 beside a mural of his wife Inez Louis, is one of the designers who will be featured on Nov. 26 as part of Indigenous Fashion Week Toronto. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)
Indigenous Chilliwack fashion designer steps onto national stage

Justin Louis with Section 35 clothing will present his collection at Indigenous Fashion Week Toronto

COVID-19. (Image courtesy CDC)
New outbreak at Chilliwack care home, while Agassiz care home outbreak over

‘Critically important’ for residents to get tested immediately if symptoms develop, says Fraser Health

Dan Coulter, on screen in centre, is sworn in as the Chilliwack MLA by Premier John Horgan on Nov. 24, 2020. (Screenshot)
Chilliwack school trustee officially steps down to assume MLA role

The loss of Dan Coulter at the board table will trigger a byelection in Chilliwack

The Abbotsford Pilots and all other junior teams in B.C. have been paused from competition after new restrictions put in place to battle the spread of COVID-19.
Chilliwack Jets, PJHL grounded after new restrictions

Games in the junior B league won’t played until after Dec. 7 at the earliest

Kelli Paddon, on screen in centre, is sworn in as the Chilliwack-Kent MLA by Premier John Horgan on Nov. 24, 2020. (Screenshot)
Coulter and Paddon sworn in as newly minted MLAs for Chilliwack, Chilliwack-Kent

NDP Premier John Horgan swears in 57 new MLAs, a majority of which are women

Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry updates B.C.’s COVID-19 situation at the B.C. legislature, Nov. 23, 2020. (B.C. government)
B.C. daily COVID-19 cases hits record 941 on Tuesday

Further restrictions on indoor exercise take effect

(Pixabay.com)
Man, 28, warned by Kootenay police to stop asking people to marry him

A woman initially reported the incident to police before they discovered others had been popped the question

Winston Blackmore (left) and James Oler (right) were sentenced on separate charges of polygamy this week in Cranbrook Supreme Court.
No more charges expected in Bountiful investigation, special prosecutor says

Special prosecutor says mandate has ended following review of evidence from Bountiful investigations

(Ashley Wadhwani/Black Press Media)
Refuse to follow B.C.’s mask mandate? Face a $230 fine

Masks are now required to be worn by all British Columbians, 12 years and older

Join Black Press Media and Do Some Good
Join Black Press Media and Do Some Good

Pay it Forward program supports local businesses in their community giving

Cannabis bought in British Columbia (Ashley Wadhwani/Black Press Media)
Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

BC Teachers' Federation President Teri Mooring is asking parents of school-aged children to encourage the wearing of masks when possible in schools. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito)
LETTER: Teachers union encourages culture of mask wearing in B.C. schools

BCTF President Teri Mooring asks parents to talk with children about wearing masks in school

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau speak to the media about the COVID-19 virus outside Rideau Cottage in Ottawa, Friday, Nov. 20, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
Canada’s inability to manufacture vaccines in-house will delay distribution: Trudeau

First doses of COVID-19 vaccine expected in first few months of 2021, prime minister says

Police lights
Vancouver elementary school locked down after unknown man walks into classroom

Police arrested the man and sent him for a psych evaluation

Most Read