Canada reflects on Pittsburgh visit

The Walt Harris football camp was hitting full stride last weekend, as a host of prospects took the field at UPMC. There was a definite buzz going on that seemed to be centered on WR Jesse Canada. Jesse and his grandmother made the trip from Monrovia, CA to Pittsburgh. The Panther Report caught up with Canada recently to discuss his experience in the "Burgh".

Jesse Canada (6-3, 190, 4.49) is a highly talented wide receiver at Monrovia High School (Monrovia, CA). Pittsburgh was the first school to officially offer Jesse a scholarship. Others that have offered Canada include Washington State, Oregon, Oregon State, California, UCLA, San Diego State, Colorado, Colorado State, Arizona, Arizona State, UNLV, and Nevada.

When I met Jesse at camp on Friday I asked how he was enjoying himself.

He chuckled and said," I've never seen so much green, this is beautiful."

Canada was awestruck at the lush vegetation that surrounds the UPMC Sports Complex.

"Everywhere I looked it was just so green. It doesn't look like this back home."

Jesse and his grandmother made their way to Pittsburgh on Thursday, and they departed for home Saturday night.

Did grandma like the trip?

"I haven't had a chance to sit down and really talk about it, but from what she has mentioned, she really enjoyed it."

Did you enjoy it?

"Definitely, I got to meet all the coaches, see the facilities. I didn't get to see everything, but I got a real good idea of what it is like at Pittsburgh."

What was the most memorable part of your experience?

"Just to be on the field at a great facility and working out in front of the coaches, getting a feel for how they operate and coach."

Pittsburgh was the first school to offer Canada. So, he liked that and decided he would check it out. In 2003, Canada was an All-League selection and was chosen as the Offensive Player Of The Year in the league as well. He caught 23 passes for 700 yards. He had 15 carries for 500 yards and scored a combined 11 touchdowns.

Were there any other players at the camp that impressed you?

"Jeremy Roberts from Monsignor Pace in Florida. We talked and we are going to keep in touch. Drew Willy, he was a pretty good QB."

Did you feel like a lot of attention was being paid to you?

"It felt like they were definitely focused on me, the coaches and the fans."

Pittsburgh has been the only college camp that Canada has attended. He is currently unsure if there will be anymore. He may take a few more unofficial trips this summer.

So, where did the visit put Pittsburgh chances at gaining Canada's services?

"They are definitely up there. The trip didn't hurt them at all."

Canada's current favorites are Pittsburgh, UNLV, California, Washington State, and Oregon. He is hoping to have his list narrowed down by the time he gets ready to take his official visits.


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