Florida State and North Carolina are the frontrunners for the class of 2016 standout. Although he says both are equal, when asked to explain his reasons for those feelings, he only discusses UNC.
“It’s just the coaching and the atmosphere,” Canady said. “I had talked to some players from Carolina – Ryan Switzer, T.J. Logan, Marquise Williams. I had fun conversations with them about the facilities and the campus. I really like it. I have close family that went to Carolina.”
Canady is a cousin of Marvin Williams, who was a part of UNC’s 2005 national championship basketball team before embarking on an NBA career.
Canady spoke to the aforementioned UNC players in the locker room following the Tar Heels’ regular season finale against NC State.
“It was a great experience,” Canady said. “I loved it. Even though Carolina had lost to NC State, they still played their hearts out. Everybody has a bad game, so the outcome didn’t bother me. I just know that Carolina has played some tough games in the season and had come back, but you can’t win them all. As long as you stick together, go back in that weight room the next day and work, you can accomplish anything.”
Canady has also visited Florida State and NC State for camps.
East Carolina and UNC remain Canady’s lone offers, but he’s fielding interest from Charlotte, Clemson, Florida State, Missouri, NC State, and Purdue.
Dan Disch is recruiting Canady for UNC. Disch was in attendance for Wallace-Rose Hill’s 34-21 victory over Boonville (N.C.) Starmount in the NCHSAA 1A Championship.
“It would have been a great motivation to know he was coming,” Canady said. “Now that I know he was there, I know that he was proud.”
UNC projects Canady to play cornerback in college. However, after Disch witnessed firsthand Canady win the East Team Offensive MVP in that game, that thinking might change.
Canady rushed for 119 yards on 14 carries, had his team’s lone reception (16 yards), and returned a punt 45 yards to setup a score. He also opened up the game’s scoring by taking a handoff 72 yards on the first play from scrimmage.
“On that [touchdown] play, I have to give it to my offensive line,” Canady said. “As soon as I got the ball in my hands, I saw the cut that Wakler Imwalle had made for me with a good block. The whole time I was running, I was just praying to God that nobody catches me. I have to give it to the coaches for calling that play.”
In the NCHSAA 1A ranks, Canady forms an unmatched one-two backfield punch with Johnnie Glaspie, who took home the title game’s overall MVP after rushing for 119 yards and two touchdowns, and registering five tackles.
“There was kind of a little bet between each other in the beginning of the season about who is going to get this and that,” Canady said. “But, throughout the season as we progressed throughout the games that selfishness went away and we started to play with each other.”
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