More to Coug RB offeree than just his name

WASHINGTON STATE running backs coach Jim Mastro dipped into his high school alma mater this week, offering a pair of touted prospects. One of those athletes is a speedy running back, who rushed for over 1,000 yards in 2012 and has turned heads with his elusiveness and his name -- Squally Canada.

Canada, out of Milpitas, Calif., gets a lot of attention because of his name, he doesn't deny that. However, the running back also has a motor and was known most around the Golden State last season for his burst upfield and ability to make players miss.

Washington State offered the Milpitas High product on Wednesday. Jim Mastro is running the recruiting point for the Cougs and Canada said they've been regularly been chatting on the phone this month.

"Coach Mastro... gave me a run down about the future of Washington State and how they're building new facilities and that the team is definitely on the rise," said Canada. "He told me that if I wanted to make it to the NFL, he could help get me there. We've been talking for a couple of weeks now and I'm excited he offered.

"He told me he was excited to be able to offer someone from Milpitas because he went to school here (early 1980s)."

AS A JUNIOR this past season, Canada rushed for 1,028 yards and six touchdowns. He also added 36 tackles and a sack as a defensive back.

"WSU likes that's I'm an aggressive back and that I have the speed on any given play to take it to the house," Canada said. "They're looking for a running back who is aggressive and Coach Mastro thinks I could do really well in their offense."

IN ADDITION to Washington State, Canada also holds offers from Boise State, Colorado, Nevada, Houston, Colorado State and is receiving interest from Utah and Washington.

"Earlier in the process I said that Boise State was my leader, but I'm backing off that a little bit right now," Canada said. "I want to make sure I find the right fit. Right now I'm pretty open and I'm listening to what everyone has to offer. I just want to make sure I don't miss out on any opportunities."

Canada added that he's in the process of scheduling some unofficial visits with his parents and he is hoping to make it up to Washington State.

"I don't know when I'll make my final decision... I want to take some trips this summer and see what other offers might come in. I don't want to be too quick to pull the trigger."

AS FOR HIS name, it's been a large topic of discussion during his recruitment, Canada said, and a lot of fun.

What few know about Canada is that his first name is actually Bryant, but Squally is a nickname that was given to him by his father. On the way home from the hospital the day he was born, his nickname was originally Boo-Squally. Shortly after it just became Squally, something Canada joked he was thankful about.

"Oh man, my name is one of the first thing coaches asked me about," Canada said with a laugh. "It's definitely gotten me a lot of attention, but coaches see my tape and then let me know I've got great talent to go along with a great name.

"I prefer when people call me Squally, though. No one ever really calls me Bryant other than my parents when they aren't too happy with me (laugh)."

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Canada wasn't the only Milpitas High junior to receive an offer from the Cougs. Wide receiver Tre Hartley was also offered by Mastro on Wednesday. The 6-0, 160-pounder currently holds offers from WSU and Colorado. In 2013, Hartley hauled in 32 receptions for 709 yards and seven touchdowns.

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