Kiski guard Major Canady talks USF pledge

Kiski Prep's Major Canady, a 6-foot-3 combo guard from Saltsburg, PA committed to Stan Heath and his staff Thursday afternoon, a day after his campus visit. The standout guard talks about the USF commitment, why he chose the Bulls, and more.

Major Canady, a 6-foot-3 combo guard out of Kiski Prep in Saltsburg, PA gave Stan Heath and his staff a verbal pledge Thursday afternoon, a day after his campus visit.

"Yes sir, I committed to USF and I feel really good about it," said Canady. "I just really loved campus and the facilities, and the chance to play Big East ball, but above all that was the Bulls coaching staff. They were really great and treated me and my family really well and made me feel very comfortable."

Canady and his family came down to Tampa for an official visit and that just sealed the deal.

"The campus is beautiful and the facilities were just amazing," said Canady. "I loved everything about it, but what really put them over the top was the coaching staff."

 "After taking my visit, talking with the staff and players, it just seemed like the perfect fit for me," said Canady. "I also always wanted to play college ball in Florida and just love the entire Tampa area."

The 6-foot-3, 205 pound combo guard had offers from Duquesne, Massachusetts, Navy, Robert Morris, Cornell, Tulane, plus had high interests from Virginia Tech, Pitt, Stanford, Penn St., Tennessee, & UConn, but decided to play for Heath and the Bulls.

"I almost committed during my visit, but wanted to go home sleep on it and pray on it," said Canady. "When I woke up this morning we talked about it and knew that's where I wanted to be."

"I called Coach Heath and said Coach I've decided to become a USF Bull," said Canady. "He was really excited and told me I just made his day. And that I'm going to be part of a great recruiting class for him."

What really sold Canady on being a Bull were the Coach Heath and his staff.

"I just love Coach Heath, he's a great coach and a real personal guy," said Canady. "The big thing was the relationship, and I feel its deeper than just basketball."

"I have a lot of respect for the whole staff," said Canady. "They all seem like great coaches and that they really care about the players."

What the Bulls did last season also played a big factor in his decision.

"Yeah the way they performed last season was really impressive," said Canady. They're really a program on the rise. I'm real excited to work alongside Anthony Collins and all the other young players they have."

"They're all a great bunch of guys," said Canady. "Not just on the court, but off the court as well."

As a junior Canady averaged 14 points, 10 assists, 7 rebounds, and 6 steals per game, and said what makes him a good ball player

"My competiveness above all things, I hate to lose and have a strong will to win," said Canady. "I can drive to the basket at will, have the ability to get to the free throw line, hit the mid range shot. I'm also a team leader and a consummate team guy."

It's still sinking in, but Canady said he and his whole family are very happy with his choice.

"I'm just really excited right now," said Canady.  "I just can't wait to be a Bull!"

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