Three-star RB eyes title game, WSU visit

DESPITE HIS NAME, record-setting running back Squally Canada has never seen snow fall from the sky. The Milpitas, Calif. product may get his wish next weekend when he officially visits Washington State. But before that, there's some on-field business to take care of tonight in the CIF Central Coast Section championship game.

Three-star prospect Squally Canada (6-0, 195) and Milpitas High face off against San Benito in the title game at 7 p.m. tonight. spokes with Canada this week after his in-home visit with area recruiter and WSU running backs coach Jim Mastro. And while Canada is focusing on Friday's state title game, he definitely had WSU on his mind.

"We talked about how by the time I get up there, how important it would be for me to be prepared physically and mentally...We mainly talked about if I were to come up there, what I would need to do to be successful," said Canada.

Canada and Mastro have built a strong relationship, he said, with Mastro also a Milpitas High product.

"He said they need a running back, a guy to come up and play, he's a great coach," said Canada.

CANADA HAS ALREADY broken the single-season Milpitas rushing record this year – he sits at 1,657 hashes headed into Friday's title game on 184 carries (9.01 avg).

He doesn't get many passes thrown his way, he has five catches this season, but he said if he ends up Wazzu-bound, he'll be working overtime to ensure he's the best pass receiving threat he can be for Mike Leach's Air Raid.

"I've had a few receptions, I had a 57-yarder for a touchdown earlier this season," said Canada. "Our offenses is similar, so I kind of know how it works... I've watched Coach Leach on youtube, he's a great coach."

CANADA SAID being from California he's not necessarily a huge fan of cold weather, but he would like to see the white stuff falling from the sky next weekend.

"(The cold) is okay, though, I'm going to be inside anyway," Canada laughed. "I've never seen snow, so hopefully I'll get to see what that's like next weekend."

Senior highlights:

  • Canada holds offers from WSU, Colorado, Colorado State, Nevada, San Jose State and Houston. San Jose State was also scheduled to make an in-home this week. Oregon State and Boise State also offered this cycle – OSU got a verbal from another running back in late October, while Canada was actually committed for a time to BSU before deciding to open things back up.

  • Canada's first name is actually Bryant, but Squally is the nickname that stuck after it was given to him by his father. On the way home from the hospital the day he was born, his dad started calling him Boo-Squally. Shortly after, it just became Squally.

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