By Les Dixon / Sports Editor
KNOX CENTRAL — Jeffrey Canady turned in one of the best four years as a football player at Knox Central High School and it paid off Thursday with Canady signing a letter of intent to play football for Eastern Kentucky University.
Canady chose the Colonels over Air Force, Penn and Wofford.
“This is great just knowing that you can do something from this area when a lot of people don’t expect you to,” Canady said. “I’ve been able to prove a lot of people wrong and this shows this area has a lot of good players.”
Canady was quick to point out why he chose Eastern Kentucky University.
“Tradition,” he said. “Both of my uncles and my aunt played there and my uncle (Mark) was an All-American there and it really feels like home. My cousin goes there and it’s just like a family atmosphere.”
Canady, who was named the Times-Tribune Football Player of the Year this past season, put up impressive career numbers during his four years at Knox Central — 83 touchdowns, 4,048 rushing yards in three years, 2,428 receiving yards, 7,447 all-purpose yards, 16 interceptions, 271 tackles and an average of 46 yards per punt. He hopes to continue the success at Eastern Kentucky.
“I will be redshirting next year and it gives me the opportunity to know the defense,” he said. “That way when I come in, I’ll be full go to step in and play. I’ll be playing outside linebacker and possibly running back. I just want to make the best of it. I just want to continue to do what I did in high school.”
Knox Central coach Scottie Russell said Canady deserves the chance to play at the Division I level.
““He deserves everything he’s got,” he said. “Eastern is a great fit for him. Again, Jeffrey is a hard worker and never been in trouble and he’s just what you would want out of a young man.
“Jeffrey has worked his tail off for four years to get to this point and I’m very happy for him,” Russell added. “It’s just another check mark for this program that we’re stepping up. Now the challenge is to find a replacement and hopefully keeping things rolling.”
Canady also admitted in the back of his mind, he’s hoping his opportunity of playing at Eastern Kentucky can lead to playing professional football in the future.
“It’s obviously a dream,” he said. “If I do get that chance and start here for three years, you never know. I just want the chance. I just want to make it to a combine, but right now, I’m focused on doing well at Eastern (Kentucky).”
By Les Dixon / Sports Editor
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