Phillips impressed by Canty

The Florida coaching staff hit the road again last week, visiting several prospects in the state of Georgia.

While in Georgia, new receiver coach Joker Phillips visited Riverdale (Ga.) High receiver Rashad Canty.

“Coach Phillips came by to see me on Wednesday,” Canty said. “He just wanted to see me in person. After we worked out, me and my quarterback went and ran some routes and just played catch for coach Phillips to see. He told my coach that he was really impressed by me. He was recording it so he could take it back to the coaching staff and show all of them the tape.”

Even though Phillips visited the 6-foot-4, 210-pound Canty, his usual contact with Florida has been tight end coach Derek Lewis.

“Coach Lewis is the main recruiter for my area and who I talk to most of the time,” Canty said. “He was telling me that he wants me to come down to camp and that if I show the coaches that I’m gaining weight, than they will offer me. They want me to be 215-220 when I get down there because they want me to play h-back or a hybrid tight end in their offense.”

Canty says that the coaching staff has told him he could fit in at Florida like Aaron Herandez and Jordan Reed have previously.

If an offer comes from Florida, it will definitely spike the interest of Canty who already expressed a liking in Florida.

“I’m really interested, I mean Florida puts players in the league at the tight end position,” Canty said. “I like coach Lewis a lot and me and him have a good relationship. He is a down to earth guy and someone that can relate to me.”

Right now, Canty says he has a top two of Georgia Tech and Florida followed by Tennessee and Auburn.

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Andrew Spivey
Andrew always knew he wanted to be involved with sports in some capacity. He began by coaching high school football for six years before deciding to pursue a career in journalism. While coaching, he was a part of two state semifinal teams in the state of Alabama. Given his past coaching experience, he figured covering recruiting would be a perfect fit. He began his career as an intern for, covering University of Florida football recruiting. After interning with Rivals for six months, he joined the Gator Country family as a recruiting analyst. Andrew enjoys spending his free time on the golf course and watching his beloved Atlanta Braves. Follow him on Twitter at @AndrewSpiveyGC.