Three-star RB back in WSU orbit

A FEW MONTHS AGO, running back Squally Canada out of Milpitas, Calif. was headed to Boise State. However, after much consideration, Canada decided to decommit and open up his recruitment. He's been in contact with several schools, including Washington State. The three-star prospect spoke with CF.C about his recruitment, official visit plans to Pullman and more.

Canada, who checks in at 6-0, 195-pounds, says he currently holds offers from WSU, Colorado, Colorado State, Nevada, San Jose State and Houston. The WSU offer, which he picked up last spring, has been on his mind.

"I know they need a running back and I really like the spread offense that they run," Canada said. "It's similar to what we run at my high school and the coaches have told me they think I could fit into the system they have up there and make plays."

CANADA HAS BEEN in contact with WSU running backs coach and area recruiter Jim Mastro, who is no stranger to the area. Mastro graduated from Milpitas in the early 1980s.

"Coach Mastro is from here so we can kind of relate," Canada said. "He's a great guy and he's been telling me about the new construction at the stadium and how they're going to have a new locker room and everything. He likes it a lot up there and they definitely seem like a program on the rise."

As for taking an official visit, Canada said he's hoping to take a trip to the Palouse to see the Cougars host Utah in 10 days.

"Coach Mastro threw a couple of dates at me and I'm hoping that date (Nov. 23) works," Canada said. "We're supposed to talk later this week and finalize everything. He told me that's when the coaches wanted to get me up there and meet with me, so I'm hoping it happens."

WITH A NAME like Squally Canada, it's easy for defenders to remember who to go after when facing the Milpitas High offense. The only problem is trying to stop him.

So far this season, Canada has rushed for 1,212 yards and 12 touchdowns, which he said is less than 200 yards away from breaking the single-season Milpitas rushing record. He's the heart and soul of his team's offense, which is 8-1 on the year.

"I want to get that record," Canada said with a laugh. "I've been working hard and I'm just trying to get to the next level."

He should have little problem doing that.

THE THREE-STAR BACK has had an interesting recruitment process. Canada, rated the 56th best RB in the land by, committed to Boise State in early June, but decommitted later in the summer.

"I wanted to take a look at all of my options and take some other trips," Canada said. "The coaches at Boise State told me they would pull my offer if I took any other visits. I had a decision to make and felt it would be best to decommit."

Canada also held an offer from Oregon State earlier this recruiting cycle and even took a visit to Corvallis on Sept. 6. However, the Beavers picked up a verbal commitment from RB Harris Ross, and later informed Canada that they were full at the position and wouldn't be taking anymore backs.

IN ADDITION TO WSU, Canada said he is hoping to take a visit to Colorado for an official visit and is working on setting up that date with the coaches for some time in December. He said he's also still interested in the other schools that have offered (see above) and is open to taking additional trips.

"I don't have any favorites or anything like that right now," Canada said. "I'm pretty open and I'm just checking out my options right now....I just need to figure everything out and take a look at these schools."

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