BOISE — Boise State football fans will be hearing the name Squally Canada plenty over the next several years.
The talented three-star running back from Milpitas (Calif.) High committed to the Broncos during an unofficial visit to Boise the past two days.
“I was actually going to commit as soon as they offered me but the coaches wanted me to come out and visit first,” Canada told the Press-Tribune. “Once I came up here I said, ‘Yeah, this is where I need to be at and nowhere else.’ It felt like home.”
Canada rushed for 987 yards and six touchdowns on 127 carries last season as a junior. He turned down offers from Colorado, Colorado State, Nevada, Houston and Washington State to become the sixth member of Boise State’s 2014 recruiting class.
And it didn’t take him long to know Boise State was the choice.
“As soon as we got off the plane, the people working at the airport helping us with the rental car were Boise State fans,” Canada said. “I was like, ‘Wow this is really a football town.’ I love the football atmosphere. I just feel like I’m at home here. The flight wasn’t long, only an hour long, so I just think it’s a great fit for me.
“The program is tailored to how my dad raised me and brought me up, being a man and being responsible and accountable on and off the field and the people up here are great,” he said. “They have great hospitality and they welcomed me and my dad.”
Canada said his dad has been instrumental in his development as a football player, showing him how to do pushups and pullups from a young age. He also challenged his son prior to his junior year that he needed to step up his motivation and workouts if he wanted to play football in college.
“He wasn’t lying,” Canada said. “He got me a scholarship.”
Canada was scheduled to leave Boise and head for a visit at Colorado but canceled the trip and returned to California with a new Boise State sweatshirt he says he purchased from the gift shop.
Scout.com ranks Canada as a three-star recruit and the 88th best running back prospect in the class of 2014. The 5-foot-11, 180-pounder informed the coaches of his decision while in Boise on his visit.
“Coach Pete was excited,” Canada said of head coach Chris Petersen. “He dropped everybody else off the recruiting boards as far as running backs. That made me feel great. I’m the one they wanted. I’m loyal, they are loyal.”
Canada said he’s motivated “even more” to get stronger and quicker for his senior season at Milpitas High before enrolling at Boise State next summer.
And as far as what Boise State fans can expect from him when he arrives?
“They can expect a guy that’s going to block and protect the quarterback, a guy that can catch it out of the backfield and someone who is going to bring excitement to Boise State running through people and breaking tackles,” Canada said.
Canada is the second player to commit to Boise State in less than a week. Dimitri Flowers, a high school tight end from San Antonio, committed to the Broncos last weekend.