Canty Ends It; Headed To A-10

Jay Canty has been close to a decision for quite some time. After mulling over his options with his family he made his collegiate decision Sunday evening.

There may be a new head coach at Xavier, but recruiting wise there hasn't been much of a change.

Already with a Top 100 commit in the fold, on Sunday, Chris Mack, who is in the first year on the job, scored a verbal commitment from Jamestown (N.C.) Ragsdale standout Jay Canty.

"It just seemed like the right situation for me," Canty told "It's a great school. When I went out to visit, I just felt like I'd be at home at Xavier."

"Coach [Pat] Kelsey and coach [Chris] Mack have been recruiting me for a while now," he continued. "Every since I opened my recruitment up from High Point, Xavier was one of the first and only schools on me the hardest."

When Mack was named the head coach at Xavier in the spring, he brought on former Xavier player Pat Kelsey as one of his assistants. That hire played a big role in Canty's recruitment, as he'd already had a strong relationship with Kelsey.

"Me and coach Mack have gotten really close," Canty said. "Me and coach Kelsey have always had a good relationship for a couple of years now. Coach Mack recruited me and I kept in touch with them."

Canty, a 6-foot-5, 175-pound wing, also entertained interest from a host of programs including Boston College, VCU, Virginia Tech, UNC-Greensboro, Marquette, Indiana, Miami and Virginia.

"They've graduated 76 seniors from their program and I felt like if basketball isn't always there for me I can go to a good school and get a good education in my life and end up doing something after college," Canty said when asked what separated Xavier from the other programs recruiting him.

Canty is Xavier's second commitment for the 2010 recruiting class. He joins Top 100 prospect Jordan Latham.

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