Although Spartanburg (SC) Dorman standout Walt Canty is known for his play on the defensive side of the ball, he hasn’t been too shabby on offense and special teams when called upon over the last few games.
This past Friday night, the 6-0, 200 pound safety accounted for two rushing touchdowns and a 34-yard punt return for a score while helping his team improve to 7-0. Canty has become almost unstoppable in short yardage situations but it’s defense where he hopes to make his mark in college.
“I’ve been playing some at quarterback but it’s like taking direct snaps,” said Canty. “Mostly I’ve just been running with it. I think I’m up to like ten touchdowns rushing now.
“On defense, where I play depends on what kind of team we’re facing. I’ve played some at outside linebacker and at safety. It’s been going pretty good. I’ve got two interceptions, some pass breakups and a couple of sacks.
“The schools that are recruiting me like me at strong safety and that’s good because I really like playing defense.”
To date Canty has received interest from the likes of NC State, Clemson, Vanderbilt, Wake Forest, Duke. He has offers from two smaller schools including Furman and Presbyterian.
The Wolfpack appears to be another school that is pondering the possibility of extending a scholarship offer. State tight end’s coach Jim Bridge was on hand to watch Canty in action several weeks back and he was able to get the senior safety up to Raleigh a few days later for the Pack’s matchup with East Carolina.
Canty talked about his visit to Raleigh and where he stands on the Wolfpack’s radar currently.
“I liked it a lot and it was a real exciting game,” he said. “They beat East Carolina the day I went there in overtime. It was a real big crowd. I had a chance to go to the locker room and meet the players and then hear the speech from the coach after the game. It was real exciting.
“Coach Bridge told me they were interested in me so I’m just going to wait to see what happens. I think they want to see some of my senior film before they decide whether or not they’re going to offer me.”
As he continues to work for additional offers, Canty isn’t ready to proclaim any leaders for his commitment just yet. Instead, he’s focused his energy simply on getting better and helping his team continue their winning ways.
“I don’t really have any top schools right now. I’m just focusing on the season right now and doing what I can to help my team win.”