July 13, 2012
Longhorns making a move with Mr. Electricity
Heading into last weekend's Rivals.com Underclassmen Challenge, Mount Pleasant wide receiver K.D. Cannon had one objective - to show everyone he was not only the best player in attendance at his position, but put on a performance worthy of overall MVP honors.
Cannon passed all tests with flying colors. The speedy, shifty receiver dominated 1-on-1 drills and blew through footwork drills on his way to picking up wide receiver MVP and overall camp MVP honors. Cannon was highly-regarded coming into the talent-filled camp, but stock pushed up even further with his performance.
"I just try to go out and show that I'm the best at the position I play," Cannon said of his day. "I'm really competitive. I just like to see the great athletes and see if I'm one of the best."
Up next, Cannon will attend a camp at Baylor on July 20. It will be his last camp performance of the summer. In June, he attended a one-day camp at Texas, after which he was approved for an offer by UT head coach Mack Brown.
"I think I showed my speed and my ability to create separation," Cannon said of his day in Austin. "Plus, my catching ability."
Along with the approval for an offer from Texas, Cannon has picked up verbal scholarships from Texas A&M, Texas Tech, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, TCU, Notre Dame and West Virginia. At this point, the playmaking pass catcher does have a few schools that stand above the rest.
"Right now, I'd say it's Texas, Oklahoma and Oklahoma State," Cannon said. "Texas, I like their facilities and their program. They always have a winning program. And they have great tradition. Oklahoma, I
I like their receiver coach. Oklahoma State, they always have great receivers every year - Justin Blackmon, Dez Bryant. I want to be one of them."
Cannon checked in at 5-11 and 155 pounds at the Underclassmen Challenge. His slight frame allowed him to display incredible quickness and change of direction, and Cannon's ball skills were among the best at the camp. It's those traits that have college coaches in hot pursuit, including the Longhorn staff.
"I call the Texas coaches every couple weeks and tell them what I've been doing. I talk to coach Darrell Wyatt usually," Cannon said. "He's a great coach. He knows a lot. He's always willing to help."
Though he's already holding a handful of early offers, Cannon said he's in no hurry to end the recruiting process and he'll continue to evaluate his options.
"I'm going to take my time. I want to make sure the school I'm going to is perfect," he said.
Cannon is ranked No. 13 on the 2014 Lone Star Recruiting Top 100.
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