The angle is not conducive to showcasing a player's talent, and the resources are not nearly as deep for Canadian players trying to impress college recruiters. It's why the 6-foot-3, 245-pound Ankou has been making the rounds at camps and combines in the United States the last few months.
"I think it has been worth it," Ankou said. "Back in Canada, we don't have the resources to get exposure to colleges. That is really a plus to be able to get the exposure like that."
The price paid for the travel and camps netted Ankou an offer from UCLA last week.
"(UCLA) Coach (Rick) Neuheisel offered me. He's awesome," Ankou said. "The coaching staff is awesome. They have a great academic program. What I want to get into is kinetics because I'm planning on becoming a physiotherapist or a strength and conditioning coach, and they have a good football program, too. That's exactly what I'm looking for in a school."
"Rutgers seems interested," Ankou said. "I was talking to (assistant) coach (Bob) Fraser (Wednesday). They seem quite interested, but we'll see where that goes."
In fact, Rutgers may be the program Ankou is the most familiar with in the early stages of his recruitment. He was on campus for camps on back-to-back weekends last month, and he also took an unofficial visit to learn more about the Scarlet Knights.
"I went to the campus the night before (a 7-on-7), and it was really nice," he said. "First of all, they have a great academic program. They make sure their players are taken care of academically. They make sure every player has a tutor so whenever they're free, they can go study with a tutor and make sure their grades are up.
"They have a great athletic facility. The coaches are really nice. I like the receivers coach (P.J. Fleck). He's quite something."
Rutgers is trying to get Ankou to visit again in the early part of the summer.
"They've invited me to one off their camps, but so far they have not offered me," he said. "I'll probably try to visit UCLA in the summer, and also Rutgers, and any other school that shows a high interest."