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Coach | 2024 Notre Dame WR Target Isiah Canion A "Big-Time" Player

March 9, 2023

Isiah Canion‍ has made a quick impression on the new coaching staff at Warner Robins High School.

And, the 2024 Georgia wide receiver has made equally strong impressions on college coaching staffs across the country, which has resulted in him beginning to pile up scholarship offers in recent weeks.

Less than a month ago, Warner Robins announced the hiring of Shane Sams, a former Warner Robins player and offensive coordinator. Sams came from Rome High School and brought with him assistant DJ Hazelway, who will serve as Warner Robins offensive coordinator.

“I just got here about a week and a half ago,” Hazelray told Irish Sports Daily. “In my time being here so far, I'm telling you, the kid is everything you can want in somebody who’s going be a big-time ball player.”

Hazelray says the 6-foot-4, 190-pounder checks all the boxes.

“The physical tools are there,” he says. “Smart kid, works hard in the weight room, got the leadership skills, just a trustworthy kid. It's no surprise that he's been blowing up.”

Canion already had an offer from Indiana. Then, offers came from the Ivy League, Penn and Dartmouth.

“I sent his film out to a couple of different schools, Georgia Tech, Vandy and a few different other places, and man, it was like boom, instant,” Hazelray says.

Vanderbilt offered. Georgia Tech offered. UAB pulled the trigger.

And, then, during a visit to Notre Dame on Sunday, he added an offer from the Irish.

“It was a hot week for him last week for sure,” Hazelray says.

Hazelray spoke with Canion on the way home from South Bend.

“He lit up just telling me about the whole deal,” the coach says.

Hazelray has a relationship with Irish offensive coordinator Gerad Parker and Sams has a relationship with receivers coach Chansi Stuckey, who is from the area. Those connections should help Notre Dame’s pursuit of Canion.

Canion played all over the field last season and had to take over at quarterback in the playoffs when their starter went down with an ACL injury. Canion helped lead the Demons to the state final.

Hazelray is looking forward to getting the quarterback back and highlighting Canion’s talents at receiver.

“What we're going to be doing offensively this year is a look different than what they've done in the past,” he says. “You'll still see him lined up in the slot, out wide, kind of the same idea all over the place on offense.”

Canion is expected to visit Georgia Tech and other schools this spring.

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