Defensive End Jalen Canty out of St. Patrick St. Vincent High School in Vallejo, California, is one of the fastest rising prospects on the west coast currently, and for good reason. At 6'8-270lbs, Canty has an extremely rare combination of size, speed and athleticism that would make any college coaching staff drool. Not only does Canty have outstanding measurables, he has an outstanding amount of potential as a football player, as he has only played football for one year. Canty is also a good basketball player, and he says that playing basketball has helped him out in football. "I'm a big guy for a defensive end, and I'm a hooper so I have good feet." Not only does Canty have good feet, but he can move those feet extremely fast for somebody as big as him. "I'm fast. I run a 4.5 forty, and I was usually a receiver, but because of my size and strength I was moved to defensive end."
As far as the Utes go, Canty is still fairly unfamiliar with the program, as they only recently offered him a week ago. "I was only offered a week ago, so I will have a better understanding (of the program) after I visit, but so far I like the location and the fan base." Canty is primarily being recruited by Defensive Line coach Ilaisa Tuiaki, and says that the coaches, academics, location, conference affiliation and fan base are the most important factors for him in choosing which school he'll be attending.
Utah isn't the only school after the former Fresno State commit, as he has a top 3 of Washington State, Utah and Oregon, all of whom have offered him. Canty visited Washington State on the 17th of January, and he will check out Oregon on the 31st, after his visit to Utah. With it being so close to Signing Day, the safe bet would be that Canty will wait and announce on Signing Day, but that's not the plan for him, as he says a decision could come at any time within the next 2 weeks.
Canty to Check Out Salt Lake City
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