In the end, Willie Canty went with the guys who wanted him first.

The 6-foot-6, 290-pound offensive tackle remembers his first Division I scholarship offer like it was yesterday. April 25 of last year. From Scott Frost and UCF.

So when another opportunity came in late January from Frost and the same coaching staff — this time at Nebraska — the courtship felt like anything but speed dating.

"Scott Frost offered me my first offer at UCF and my second to last at Nebraska," Canty told The World-Herald on Wednesday afternoon. "I couldn't say no like that."

A standout from Belle Glade (Fla.) Glades Central, Canty signed during a morning ceremony at his high school to become the Huskers' only offensive tackle in the class.

The three-star prospect according to 247Sports and Rivals chose the Big Red over Louisville after visiting both schools the last two weeks.

Canty — who was in Lincoln last weekend — said he made up his mind Tuesday night. That's when he informed coaches from both teams he was going to Nebraska.

"They sold me longer," Canty said of the Huskers. "The simple things. I like both programs, but it was the simple things that got Nebraska with the win. I kept my word. Nebraska has what it takes."

The recruiting process was enjoyable, Canty said, and he's thrilled to end up with coaches he's known longer than the handful of latecomers.

"It was great," Canty said. "I feel like for the next four to five years I'll be successful at Nebraska."

Evan Bland covers Nebraska football, baseball and other sports for The World-Herald. Follow him on Twitter @EvanBlandOWH.

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Thanks Coach Osborne and Matt Davison for your part in bring Mr. Frost to Nebbrask!

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