"Nebraska, Oklahoma and Georgia wanted to wait until they saw the first few games this season," Canfield told the North County Times. "Now I don't have to worry about pressure like that.
"All I have to worry about now is winning a championship."
"The chance to play in the Pac-10 was too much to pass up," Carlsbad coach Bob McAllister said. "He has a great touch, and there are guys with better arms out there, but he plays real smart and nothing rattles him.
"He's never depended on throwing the ball through a wall. The one thing I noticed is he's gotten so much stronger just since the end of last season that now he's throwing with much more authority."
Canfield was bumped to the varsity squad three games into his sophomore season of 2002 after the Lancer starting quarterback was injured. Three games later he grabbed the starting spot and led Carlsbad to the CIF Division I title.
Last season, the left-handed player was North County's third best passer completing 147 of 281 attempts for 1,750 yards, 12 touchdowns, and 10 interceptions. His team finished 2-9 overall with three forfeit losses.
"The one thing I wanted to work on was getting a little stronger, making tighter throws overall," Canfield said. "We will be better than last year because the whole mind-set is different."
One of Canfield's uncle attended Oregon State, and his parents favored Oregon State.
"Coach (Mike) Riley is a really nice guy," Canfield told theInsiders. "Their quarterback led the Pac-10 in passing last year."
He can sign a letter of intent to play at OSU in February. He also considered UCLA.
Canfield is the second verbal for the Beavers. LB Bryant Cornell (The Dalles, OR) verballed earlier this month.
Second Verbal for OSU
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