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Marian's Cannady ready for spotlight on the court and gridiron


Not many big time college coaches were calling last year when Devin Cannady was playing at Marian High School, but then came an AAU game against a star-studded Indiana Elite team.

"I mean there were a lot of top colleges there watching and there were some top players in the state that game," said Cannady. "My mindset was just go prove to everybody that your at this level as well."

After a 41 point outpouring and a huge win versus some of the best players in the state, there were plenty of these messages from coaches.

"Its just a blessing having all those schools, like with your name somewhere in another state with your name on their board," said Cannady. "Just thinking about that is a blessing in itself."

Cannady says the most special message left on his phone, wasn't a voice mail. It was a text from Notre Dame Head Coach Mike Brey.

"Everything you dreamed of in your backyard when your five years old is coming true right now," said Cannady. "Text messages like that just keep driving me that you got to work hard cause nothing is given."

He currently only has scholarship offers from IUPUI and Northern Illinois, but Cannady will enter next basketball season as the go-to-guy for the Knights for the first time in his career.

With Demetrius Jackson, playing over at Purcell Pavilion now, a lot more will be expect of Cannady. However, Cannady says his former teammate did teach him a thing or two about being the big man on campus.

"It's kind of the tables turned onto me now," said Cannady. "Really just seeing how he handled everything. He always said thank you and was never conceded or cocky. I'm trying to be that kind of person"

He won't just have pressure on the basketball court because Cannady is also making the switch from wide receiver to quarterback for Marian.

Some of his friends and family have encouraged him to focus on basketball, because he might get hurt playing football. Devin says he'll pick a sport when the time comes.

"I love basketball and I also love football as well," said Cannady. "Obviously I can't do both once I get to college, so I might as well live it up and have fun in high school."

Next year promises to be a fun one for Devin, but he's not worried about the calls right now. He's just focusing on being the best athlete he can be.

"As long as I keep working, my time will come," said Cannady.

Devin has received interest from Purdue and Michigan also. He is uncertain when he will sign a letter of intent.

Cannady says several college basketball coaches have told him they are not worried about him playing football. In fact, Cannady says many of them told him they plan on attending his football games next year.

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