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October 27, 2010
Canada becoming untapped resource
Michigan State remains unbeaten at 8-0 and ranked No. 5 in the BCS standings, in part, because of a balanced offense that averages 193.5 yards rushing and 255.3 passing.
And a little bit of that credit goes to J'Michael Deane, Michigan State's starting right tackle, one of a small but slowly growing group of FBS players from Canada.
Michigan State continues shopping north of the border, too, landing a commitment from Windsor (Ontario) W.F. Herman defensive back Arjen Colquhoun. The three-star prospect committed to the Spartans in July.
"I think he can be fantastic at Michigan State," W.F. Herman coach Harry Lumley said. "We are excited about him going, especially with how that program is doing right now. I think he is going to end up playing on both sides of the ball to be honest. I think they'll spot him on offense as well as play him on defense."
It took Deane five years to earn a regular starting spot. Nearly all Canadian FBS signees redshirt their first season to catch up with the speed and strength of the American game.
It's rare for a prospect to go straight from a Canadian high school to a Division I program without a stop between or prepping in the States, but Colquhoun is going straight in and will be younger than most of his Canadian predecessors.
He got a head start by putting his skills to the test at multiple prospect camps in the States, including a workout in East Lansing last summer that resulted in a scholarship offer.
Mentally, he knows he must be better than his American counterparts.
"I just want to know the game inside and out," Colquhoun said. "Usually if you know the game inside and out you don't have to be the best athlete on the field. If you know the game you will be good and you will succeed."
Did you know?
Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Cory Greenwood is the only positional player on an NFL roster that was born in Canada, and played both high school and college football in Canada.
Rivals in Canada
Greg Ladky of Rivals.com AMP video has much more about Colquhoun and Canadian high school football in these exclusive video productions:
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