Canada hoping for a second chance at D-1

He was a highly-recruited prospect out of high school that ended up signing with Cal, but after a year in Berkley, current Mt. San Antonio WR Jesse Canada (6-2, 195) made the decision to leave to attend to some family issues and after a full season with the Mounties he's hoping to get some D-1 offers, but he may have one more hurdle to overcome.

"I signed with Cal in 2005 and I was only there for a little while," Canada told "I just didn't feel right there and I had some family problems so I came home and I took a couple of years off.

"I was at Mt. SAC going to school and the coaches asked me to come and work out and see about playing so I did that in the spring and then this past season was the first real season I played."

Because of transfer rules and when the player's clock starts, Canada is waiting to hear from the NCAA about his eligibility and he believes that's why he's still waiting on his first offer.

"Washington, Washington State, New Mexico, San Diego State, Nevada, Colorado State and a few other schools are all in contact with me," Canada said. "But they all need to find out about my status, so right now it's sorta 'wait-and-see'.

"I think I'll get my years back, but right now D-2 is where I'd have to go if I don't get those years back. If I do though, I would have four to play three because this year was the first real season I've played."

In his only season of work for Mt. San Antonio, Canada led the Mounties in receptions with 67 while posting 825 yards and seven touchdowns.

"They used me mainly outside to take advantage of my speed, but I can do anything a team needs me to do," Canada said. "I'm a good route-runner and I like to have the ball in my hands."

Canada is eligible to leave in May and he'll hear soon from the NCAA how many years he'll have left.

We'll continue to keep track of Canada over the next several weeks and update news as it happens.

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