I'm sorry you guys but I will not be attending Washington state next year......— Jalen Canty (@Jalencanty23) June 5, 2014
Jalen Canty was one of the more intriguing players in Washington State's 2014 football class, but the 6-foot-8 defensive end announced on Twitter late Wednesday evening that he will not enroll at WSU. He apparently then told Britton Ransford of WazzuWatch.com that he intends to head to Casper College in Wyoming to play basketball, and is giving up football entirely.
Canty claimed to have been offered football scholarships by schools such was Oregon, Washington and Vanderbilt, and listed a basketball scholarship offer from California. When he signed with WSU in February he said he was going to try and play both sports in college.
On signing day coach Mike Leach said of Canty, "What was real impressive about Canty, he hadn't played a ton of football. The end of the year was really on fire, the end of the season was like 20-something sacks."
Canty's departure leaves the Cougars with just Hercules Mata'afa at defensive end in the 2014 class, with Kingston Fernandez expected to play BUCK linebacker. But the Cougars are deep along the defensive line and are not expected to need help from true freshmen at defensive end, although Canty might have been able to carve out a role thanks to his unique size and athleticism.