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Originally published: 2014-01-23 21:07:06
Last modified: 2014-01-23 21:07:06

Canty chooses Vanderbilt

by Steve Behr Sports Editor

After changing his mind about playing football at Appalachian State, receiver Rashad Canty accepted an offer to play at Vanderbilt, according to a published report.

The Clayton, Ga. News Daily reporter Derrick Mahone wrote that Canty committed to the SEC school on Wednesday. He is the first recruit for new coach Derek Mason, who was the defensive coordinator at Sanford last year.

"He offered me in person when he came to the school on Tuesday" Canty told the News Daily. "I was his first visit as the new coach at Vanderbilt, and that was definitely special. He wants guys that work hard and fit his style and he believes I fit their profile exactly."

Canty, a three-star prospect, had 52 catches for 852 yards and nine touchdowns for Riverdale (Ga.) High School. He chose Vanderbilt over Appalachian State, Wake Forest, Minnesota and Boise State.

He decommitted from Appalachian State on Sunday after visiting Wake Forest over the weekend. He is still expected to have a home visit from Wake Forest Thursday, according to the News Daily.

Canty committed to Appalachian State in June, 2013, but reconsidered after bigger schools started making scholarship offers to him.