Knox Central's Jeffrey Canady is one of the best players in the Bluegrass State who continues to fly somewhat under the radar when it comes to major scholarship offers, but that may not be the case for long.
Picking up where he left off as a junior, the 6-foot-1, 210-pound all-purpose back/linebacker has already put up six touchdowns in helping lead the Panthers to victories over South Laurel and Karns (Tenn.) to start the season.
"I've got four rushing and two off pick-6s," Canady said.
A certain amount of extra pride resonated in his voice when talking about the defensive scores.
"Oh yeah," Canady said. "I love those. I've been working hard to prove to people that I can play linebacker at the next level, so those really felt good."
Canady has picked up scholarship offers from Eastern Kentucky, Wofford, Furman and Penn. "All of them good programs and really nice schools," he said, but he's remaining patient to see what some BCS programs tell him later this fall.
"Most of the bigger schools are telling me they want to see how I do in the first four games," he said. "I've heard some really good things from Louisville and Western Kentucky, and a little big from Kentucky. All of them say they want to see what I can do at linebacker. That's where they think I'll be at the next level."
Canady has also played wide receiver and safety earlier in his career. As a junior, he rushed for 1,054 yards and 15 touchdowns and caught 41 passes for 871 yards and six scores. He also recorded 67 tackles and five interceptions at safety, returning one of those picks for a touchdown.
He bulked up to as much as 220 pounds in the summer in an effort to prepare for the transition to linebacker, but has settled back down to the 210 range.
"The good news is, I actually got faster," Canady said. "I ran a couple of 4.4s and a bunch in the 4.5s this summer."
Canady said he'll likely put visits on the back burner until it becomes more clear what his scholarship situation will be. He remains in contact with Greg Nord at UK and says the Wildcats would be a strong possibility if they offer.
"I'm just trying to be patient and let it happen," he said. "But I know I'll have a chance to show what I can do because we have a really good team and a tough schedule this year."
The Panthers will have some high-profile games against Harlan County, one of the 5A favorites, and Clay County with UK commitment Jacob Hyde at defensive tackle on Sept. 21 and Sept. 28, respectively. They'll also face 6A's Madison Central on Oct. 26.
Canady starts senior season with a bang
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