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Willie Canty, a consensus three-star offensive tackle in Nebraska's scholarship class of 2018, won't be enrolling at NU this year after all.

A graduate of Glades Central High School in Belle Glade, Florida, Canty is bound for Garden City (Kansas) Community College, according to Broncbusters head coach Jeff Sims.

"During recruiting we were on him and went out and saw him in Florida," Sims said Wednesday. "When he signed with Nebraska, we stayed behind the scenes, and if he didn't qualify, we were going to take him."

Sims, who guided Garden City to the 2016 NJCAA championship, is thrilled to have the 6-foot-6, 290-pound Canty in the fold. Coming out of high school, Canty had scholarship offers from Louisville, Central Florida and South Florida, among others.

The Broncbusters were 8-4 last season and boast an offensive line with a handful of top prospects.

"He's a big, physical football player, and he comes from a program in an area that is passionate about football," Sims said. "Now we just have to refine him and turn him into the type of player he can be.

"I read some things when he signed with Nebraska saying that he's raw and has to become the guy he needs to become in the weight room to become a major college lineman. That's our process. We want to take him from where he is now to being able to play for the Cornhuskers down the road."

With Canty out of Nebraska's equation, the Huskers have just one offensive lineman, three-star player Will Farniok, in their 2018 scholarship class.

Sims said Canty still likes Nebraska.

"The plan is to come here and take care of his academics," Sims said. "Hopefully, he'll continue to develop as a player, Nebraska will want him and he'll still like Nebraska."

Two other members of Nebraska's 2018 signing class have yet to enroll because of academic reasons — Maurice Washington, a four-star running back from California, and Dominick Watt, a three-star receiver from Florida.

Reach the writer at 402-473-7440 or On Twitter @HuskerExtraSip.


Husker columnist

Steven, a lifelong Nebraskan, newspaper enthusiast and UNL grad, joined the Journal Star in 1990 and has covered NU football since 1995.

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