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Rashad Canty commits to Vanderbilt

Riverdale wide receiver Rashad Canty committed to Vanderbilt on Wednesday night after meeting with new Commodores coach Derek Mason at the school earlier in the day. (Staff Photo: Derrick Mahone)

Riverdale wide receiver Rashad Canty committed to Vanderbilt on Wednesday night after meeting with new Commodores coach Derek Mason at the school earlier in the day. (Staff Photo: Derrick Mahone)

Moments after receiving an offer from new Vanderbilt coach Derek Mason, Riverdale wide receiver Rashad Canty wasted no time in accepted the chance to play at the SEC school.

Canty, a 6-foot-4, 205-pound three-star prospect, became the first commitment for Mason, who previously served as defensive coordinator at Stanford before accepting the Vanderbilt job.

“He offered me in person when he came to the school on Tuesday" Canty said. "I was his first visit as the new coach at Vanderbilt, and that was definitely special. He wants guys that work hard and fit his style and he believes I fit their profile exactly.”

Canty had 52 receptions for 852 yards and nine touchdowns en route to being named all-region and all-state season for the Raiders, who missed the state playoffs with a season-ending loss to Eagle's Landing in a Region 4-AAAA play-in game.

It has been a busy last four days for Canty, who chose Vandy over Boise State, Minnesota, Wake Forest and Appalachian State. He visited Wake Forest over the weekend and then decommitted to Appalachian State on Sunday evening.

Canty is expected to have a home visit with coaches from Wake Forest on Thursday evening.

He had been committed to Appalachian State since late June, but started picking up bigger offers after a breakout senior season.

"We had a good hour and a half meeting with coach Mason (Wednesday)," Riverdale coach Terry Herrod said. "I had never seen Rashad so excited when coach Mason offered him. I think Vanderbilt has always been his dream school."

Check Friday's Clayton News Daily for more on Canty's recruitment by Vanderbilt.