California running back commits to Boise State

Squally Canada intends to join the Broncos for the 2014 season.

ccripe@idahostatesman.comJune 8, 2013 

Squally Canada's future home feels a lot like his current home.

And that's a key reason he committed to join the Boise State football program Friday while visiting campus with his father.

"I love it up here; it's great," Canada said. "I'll definitely be back up here for another visit with my mom. … Just sitting around talking with the coaches and how they run their system — it's how my dad brought me up as a kid, to be a man. Outside of their system, walking around Boise, it feels so much like home. And the people here are great. We just loved it. We think it's a great environment."

Canada rushed 127 times for 987 yards (7.7 yards per carry) and six touchdowns in seven games last season at Milpitas (Calif.) High in the south Bay Area. He'll be a senior this fall and join the Broncos in 2014.

Boise State began recruiting him in April and delivered his first scholarship offer May 1. Colorado, Washington State, Colorado State, Nevada and Houston followed, but he didn't visit those schools.

"(The Broncos) were always No. 1," he said. "They showed the most interest."

Coaches told him they wouldn't recruit another running back in this class, Canada said. He, in turn, told them he would shut down his recruitment by other schools.

"It's an equal street," he said.

Canada (5-foot-10, 185 pounds) will join a young backfield when he arrives next year. The Broncos have five scholarship tailbacks on the roster - one junior newcomer, two sophomores, one redshirt freshman and one true freshman.

He describes himself as "a slasher" but says he's well-rounded. He has played running back since he was 8.

"I'm able to block, break tackles, catch the ball," he said. "I've got speed to go all the way to the house and score touchdowns."



Khalil Oliver, DB, 6-1, 185, Rocky Mountain HS

Jalen Greene, QB, 6-3, 194, Serra HS (Los Angeles)

Brandon Lewis, CB, 5-11, 180, Pleasant Grove HS (Elk Grove, Calif.)

Greg Gaines, DL, 6-1, 290, La Habra (Calif.) HS

Dimitri Flowers, TE, 6-3, 225, Churchill HS (San Antonio)

Squally Canada, RB, 5-10, 185, Milpitas (Calif.) HS

Chadd Cripe: 377-6398, Twitter: @IDS_BroncoBeat

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