The courtship was brief, but Nebraska impressed Willie Canty enough to land a surprise signature on National Signing Day.
The 3-star offensive lineman signed with the Huskers during a ceremony at his Belle Glade (Fla.) Glades Central High School on Wednesday. Canty is a key signing for Nebraska, which definitely wanted to bring in a tackle. As the recruiting cycle wound down, the Huskers zeroed in on Canty to fill that role.
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Canty took his official visit to Nebraska last weekend. Nebraska capitalized on having his trip close to Signing Day and now have an offensive lineman it can develop. The hope is he will one day command a tackle spot for Scott Frost’s high-octane offense. Offensive line coach Greg Austin deserves credit here for signing him, as he put in most of the legwork in building a relationship with Canty and his mother.
Louisville was the other finalist for Canty.
Weight: 290 pounds
Hometown: Belle Glade, Fla. (Glades Central)
Ranking: 3 stars, No. 106 tackle, No. 1,148 overall prospect
Committed: Feb. 7
How he fits in: Canty won’t see the field right away. Rather, he will need to make his second home the weight room and develop into a versatile tackle who can pass block and be aggressive in the running game. The Huskers would love for Canty to develop into a blindside left tackle. For now though, he will sit behind plenty of other scholarship offensive linemen on the roster.