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Notre Dame Football Recruiting

Film Don't Lie | Isiah Canion

April 27, 2023
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When Chansi Stuckey arrived at Notre Dame, he inherited a wide receiver room short on numbers and short on overall talent. He’s gone to work to improve that and had a terrific first class he brought in during the 2023 recruiting cycle.

He’s starting to put together another great group in the 2024 cycle. Wide receiver Isiah Canion‍ is the latest intriguing prospect to add to the list. The multi-position athlete committed to the Irish and though he plays quarterback as well as defensive back for Warner Robbins (Georgia), his future is out wide where his speed truly shines.

Height: 6’2”

Weight: 191

Projected Position: Wide receiver

ISD Grade: 90 (4-star)

National Average Grade: 90.0 (4-star)

What he does best:

Canon has elite athletic testing numbers. He was recently timed running a 4.51 40 and it shows up on the football field. He looks faster than that and has speed to be a big time deep threat.

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He can go up and high point football, but the big thing is how well he tracks it. He creates the separation with the double move on the sluggo here, but it’s all about him adjusting to the football after that.

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Did I mention his speed? Oh, I did. Well, I have to mention it again because he can eat up the cushion of a defensive back in an instant like he does here on the post.

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Canion can get corners to bail hard and should be able to feast on comeback routes.

What he needs to improve:

He’s a relatively inexperienced receiver who also plays quarterback. He might take a little bit to develop the total route tree and we don’t see him running a lot more than a few routes.

The nuances of the position are going to be critical for him to learn once he gets to Notre Dame.

What’s his ceiling?

Typically someone who doesn’t have the experience and needs a lot of technical work wouldn’t be considered a 4-star prospect. With Canion, he has an elite skill as a deep threat that projects very well to the next level.

He’s an unpolished gem right now, but that’s also exciting because he has so much room to grow with his game. My comp for who he could be is former LSU receiver DJ Chark, who was an explosive athlete who emerged into a big play threat for the Tigers. He ended up averaging over 20 yards per catch in his college career.

Who he could be:

Former LSU receiver DJ Chark

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