Boise State football lands running back for 2014; check out new midfield logo

Boise State installed its updated athletics logo at midfield of Bronco Stadium this week.

Boise State installed its updated athletics logo at midfield of Bronco Stadium this week. It also added blue turf on each sideline to increase the buffer before players hit the track.

The midfield logo in recent years.

The midfield logo in recent years.

By Chadd Cripe
© 2013 Idaho Statesman

The Boise State football program added to its stable of young running backs Friday with a commitment from Squally Canada for the class of 2014. Canada will be a senior this fall at Milpitas (Calif.) High.

Canada committed Friday during a campus visit with his dad. The Broncos were the first team to offer him a scholarship, on May 1, he said. Since then, Colorado, Colorado State, Nevada, Washington State and Houston have offered, but Canada always had his sights set on Boise State.

He didn’t visit any other schools.

“They were always No. 1,” he said. “They showed the most interest.”

He said coaches told him they wouldn’t recruit any more running backs in this class and he told them he would not visit any other schools.

“It’s an equal street,” he said.

The Broncos have five scholarship tailbacks on their roster — one junior, two sophomores, one redshirt freshman and one true freshman.

Canada rushed 127 times for 987 yards (7.7 yards per carry) and six touchdowns in seven games last season. He considers himself a “slasher.”

He is 5-foot-10, 185 pounds.

“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.”

He has been a running back since he was 8 years old. His dad is a track coach.

The Broncos’ program and the city of Boise convinced him to commit during his visit.

“I love it up here; it’s great,” he 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.”

— DB Khalil Oliver, 6-1, 185, Rocky Mountain HS
— QB Jalen Greene, 6-3, 194, Serra HS (Los Angeles)
— CB Brandon Lewis, 5-11, 180, Pleasant Grove HS (Elk Grove, Calif.)
— DL Greg Gaines, 6-1, 290, La Habra (Calif.) HS
— TE Dimitri Flowers, 6-3, 225, Churchill HS (San Antonio)
— RB Squally Canada, 5-10, 185, Milpitas (Calif.) HS

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Chadd Cripe has spent the past 12 years as the Boise State football beat writer. You can follow him on Twitter @IDS_BroncoBeat.

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