Scouting Guru writes: South Hills Running Back Jordan Canada – who recently graduated from South Hills High School three weeks ago – was offered a full scholarship at the University of Montana and has signed a letter of intent to play for the University of Montana. Canada, a first-team All-Montview League selection in 2008, didn’t play in 2009 when the California Interscholastic Federation’s Southern Section Office ruled him ineligible to play for the 2009 season. Canada also had an offer coming off his junior year from New Mexico State University. (to continue click thread).
Canada was planning on walking on at Fresno State University – but was contacted by the University of Montana football office several weeks ago and after tapes were sent by South Hills HS’s football office and our service and phone calls were made, Canada received word from HC Robin Plugfund (former Offensive Coordinator at University of Oregon) that he was going to offer a full scholarship and Canada committed this afternoon at 3 p.m.
“I am extremely happy to being a Grizzly,” Canada said. “It’s been a very interesting process, but I am glad that things worked out in the end. I want to thank my mother Gala and the entire South Hills High School coaching staff and in particular (Head) Coach (Steve) Bogan. They really pushed the pavement for me where most other schools would not have gone the extra mile for me. I hope to represent South Hills HS very well in college. I can’t wait to get back on the football field.”
“Obviously this is a great day for the football program here at South Hills,” head coach Steve Bogan said. “We were extremely disappointed that Jordan couldn’t play for us this past season here at South Hills. It was a shame that Jordan couldn’t play for us in 2009. But I am more disappointed in the fact that the fans of the San Gabriel Valley – who I think are some of the most knowledgeable football fans in Southern California – couldn’t see this young man play. All I can say is that Montana is getting a great kid.”
Our service had Canada ranked as the 22nd best football prospect for the Inland Empire and the San Gabriel Valley.
Canada is the second player from the class of 2010 at South Hills High School to sign a letter of intent to play Division 1 FCS college football in 2010. Ify Umodu – a first team All-CIF and first team All San Gabriel Valley Tribune selection at WR, signed with the University of Northern Arizona in February.
The Unviersity of Montana is considered one of the more successful teams in Division 1 FCS football and have been to the National Championship game the last two seasons. This past season, the Grizzlies lost to Villanova University. Ironically, South Hills class of 2009 alumnus Dorian Wells plays on the Wildcats team and made a huge impact in the national championship team.