WR Prospect Jesse Canada

The 6-1 wide receiver from Monrovia, <b>Jesse Canada</b>, is a prime target for UCLA. He talks about how he started getting west coast attention only after an east coast school started recruiting him...

It took some attention from a Big East school to get some west coast schools to notice what Monrovia (Calif.) High receiver Jesse Canada (6-1, 185) has to offer.

And thanks to that initial sighting, the west coast schools are getting on the ball, though Canada still has a strong place in his top five for that first east coast school to recognize him.

"Pittsburgh is definitely one of my top schools. For them to have the knowledge to see what they did in me, and then offer, showed me a lot," Canada said. "They love to throw the ball, and did a lot last year with (wide receiver) Larry Fitzgerald. That'll have a huge bearing on my decision."

Along with the Panthers, Canada's top five includes Cal, Oregon State, Oregon and UCLA, and all have offered. He has a couple of other offers in writing, with some verbal offers as well.

"(UCLA assistant) coach (Eric) Bieniemy is real cool. I haven't had a chance to get to the UCLA campus yet, but I am going to the UCLA one-day camp (next month) and plan to check it all out then," said Canada.

At the recent Nike Camp at Stanford, Canada had what he said was an "alright" day, suffering from a minor foot injury. He recorded a 4.6 forty, a 34.5 vertical and a 4.25 shuttle. "I could have done better in the testing, but my foot was injured. I really think I showed what I could do in the one-on-one drills. I made a lot of DBs settle for pass interferences."

As a junior, Canada had 30 receptions for 700 yards and 18 rushes for 420 yards, playing both receiver and running back. He also tallied 15 touchdowns.

Canada is in no hurry to make a decision, and plans to take at least three trips, with all five possible. "I definitely want to take my trips, see some schools. I'll take at least three of them. My parents are very open to me leaving if I choose to go away," said Canada, who grew up a Florida State fan, in addition to both the local schools.

Canada has a 3.3 GPA and a 930 on the SAT, which qualifies him through the NCAA Clearinghouse. He would like to major in something in the Computer Engineering field.

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