Monrovia (Calif.) athlete Jesse Canada took his first official visit this past weekend to Washington State. The Cougars are in a good position right now and Canada said he may just take two more visits before deciding.
Canada, 6-0, 180 pounds is one of the top two way players in the West region this year. He’s getting looks at both receiver and defensive back and said the Cougars are the one school that is recruiting him as an athlete.
“Every other school likes me for receiver but Washington State said I could play on either side,” Canada said. “They basically said they just want to get me on campus and will play me wherever I can get on the field the fastest. I do like receiver the most though and I think that will be my best college position.”
Canada had a game Friday night and took the first flight available Saturday morning.
“I got to Pullman around 11:30,” Canada said. “We ate at a place called Wingers which was very good, I strong recommend it. Then we headed over to the campus. I got to hang out in the locker room and watch the team prepare for the game against USC. I also got to go down on the field for warm ups and just really enjoyed taking in the whole atmosphere there.
“It was cold, I’m not going to lie but it wasn’t too bad. It started to hail a little bit during the game but I was all right with it. I’ve seen snow before but never when it was actually falling down on me and I was actually looking forward to that. We don’t get to see the different seasons to much in Southern CA so I thought it was cool.
“As for the game itself, Washington State played hard, they never gave up. It’s tough when you’re playing without your starting quarterback, running back and kicker but I was impressed with how hard they played and seeing how young the team is, I think they have a nice future ahead of them.
“Later that night, I went out with my host, Ian Bell who is like family. We grew up together and went to the same church since we were little so it was great to see him again. The other recruits and I went out to some clubs and I was actually surprised they had some cool nightlife there. You wouldn’t think that would be the case in Pullman because you always hear there’s nothing to do there but it was a real cool time.
“Overall, the trip was great and I can definitely see myself playing there. I’m going to visit Cal (Nov. 19) when they take on Stanford and will also trip to Oregon State (Dec. 3). I could take a fourth trip and that is between Oregon, Utah and Arizona State but I’m not sure I’ll go that far. If by that time, I know where I want to go, I’ll just go ahead and commit to one of the three schools because it will be pretty late in the recruiting process by then and I think I might just want to get everything over with.”