“Fast – that’s what he is right there,” Wallace-Rose Hill head coach Joey Price said. “He’s getting more physical. But he’s the kind that when he breaks a run you’re not going to catch him. You need that kind so you can close the ground quick. Defense is always looking to close space down when offenses are opening it up – and he can do that for us.
“He’s a cover guy. He’s what I call a lockdown corner, because he’s so fast and he can jump so high. He needs some work – we don’t see a lot of passing teams. But I believe on the next level with some coaching he has the tools to move on.
“His upside is he has everything. He has grades. He’s a good kid. He has a good home life.”
After starting a playoff game as a freshman, Canady became a fulltime starter during his sophomore year playing cornerback and running back. Following the season, he earned all-area honors thanks to 60 tackles and four interceptions on defense, and 400 yards and seven touchdowns on offense.
“He can catch the ball, run the ball – he can do all of it,” Price said. “We’re a multiple offense in the Wing-T. But he touches the ball a lot.”
During the Spring Evaluation Period, North Carolina became the first school to offer Canady. The decision to offer occurred shortly after assistant coach Dan Disch visited Wallace-Rose Hill.
“He said that he had looked at my grades and saw that I was a hard-working student,” Canady said. “And my coach told him that I was hard-working in the weight room. And [Disch] told me he was recruiting me for corner. And then he talked to me about family.”
East Carolina eventually followed suit by extending an offer of its own. Canady is also hearing from Charlotte, Clemson, Florida State, and NC State.
With the offer in hand, Canady accepted an invitation to Fedora’s Freak Show in June.
“That was a great experience to get around some freak athletes - size, strength, and speed wise,” Canady said. “There were a lot of good attitudes and good characters. And I got to meet a lot of the [coaching] staff.”
Specifically, Canady spent a lot of time with Disch. Prior to the camp, Disch spoke with Canady. During the camp, Disch coached Canady.
“It was a great experience,” Canady said. “He’s a good coach. He taught me a lot about technique. And he pushed me. I held my head down at times, but he told me I wasn’t the only one [struggling]; just keep going. “
The Freak Show was Canady’s first visit to UNC.
“It’s a great campus,” Canady said. “I love the education. I want to major in business administration in college and Carolina has a great program in that.”
UNC along with Auburn, Florida State, LSU, and Oregon make up Canady’s top five schools list.
“Really it’s just the great programs that they have,” Canady said. “I’ve seen highlights, film, and games from those schools. And they’re about great coaching – it’s not about the records, it’s about the great coaching to make you a great athlete and student.”
Besides UNC, Canady has visited Florida State and NC State.
During the football season, Canady plans to attend games at East Carolina, UNC, and NC State. If he’s able to book a flight, he’d like to also visit Florida State for a game.
Outside of football, Canady is a member of Wallace-Rose Hill’s basketball and track teams… Canady said he grew up a UNC fan… Canady is a cousin of former Tar Heel and current Charlotte Hornet Marvin Williams.