By Chris Parsons/Staff Writer
With the high school football season officially over following the weekend’s state title games in Bowling Green, most players will take it easy for a while and recover from the various bumps and bruises that go along with the lengthy season.
For one Tri-County player though, things are just now starting to get interesting.
Knox Central’s Jeffrey Canady was recently pegged as the Times-Tribune Player of the Year for the second straight year thanks to a more than productive season on the gridiron. His reward for that season, being recruited by several Division I colleges across the nation including but not limited to, Air Force Academy (Football Bowl Subdivision), Eastern Kentucky University, Wofford and Pennsylvania (each Football Championship Subdivision).
Canady ran for 2,013 yards on the ground and tallied 257 receiving yards, while reaching the end zone 31 times. He also finished with more than 500 yards in the return game and had two interceptions and 77 tackles on defense.
He also averaged 48 yards a punt while leaving Knox Central holding records in rushing (career), receiving (career), interceptions (career), points scored (career) and single game records in rushing and points scored.
Though he has a few months before he has to decide, Canady said the pressure has started to build as more offers filter in. Despite the fact though, he said he’s enjoying every minute of being courted by the different programs as he weighs his options.
“It’s been a lot of fun, but it’s also kind of overwhelming at the same time,” Canady said. “It’s what I’ve worked toward for the past six years, but now that the time to decide is here it’s a pretty big deal.
“I think it’s great being able to go to all of these schools and see some new places and really, be treated like a king while I’m there,” he added. “It has to end eventually though and I’m going to have to decide what I want to do.”
When it comes to making a decision for the future, Canady said he would lean mostly on his family for advice, along with the Knox Central coaching staff.
One of those he will look to will be Panthers’ head coach Scottie Russell, who said he couldn’t be any more excited for one of his players than he is for Canady.
“Jeffrey has really worked his tail off from the start and it’s always good to see kids get rewarded for hard work,” Russell said. “He’s physically gifted, but he has also gotten to where he is based on his work ethic throughout his high school career.”