Saturday, February 16, 2013
Watch List WR taking time on decision
By Max Olson
K.D. Cannon is already starting to get questions about when he’ll be ready to make a decision.
For the Mount Pleasant (Texas) receiver, the answer is pretty simple: After he’s seen everything he needs to see.
“I’ve got to see all the campuses first before I make my decision,” he said.
The ESPN Watch List standout visited Texas Tech last weekend. He’s tentatively planning to visit Oklahoma State this weekend and Texas’ second junior day on Feb. 23.
ESPN Watch List wideout K.D. Cannon is planning to visit Oklahoma State and Texas soon.
Where does his relationship with the Longhorns stand at this point? With receivers Lorenzo Joe and Roderick Bernard already committed, Cannon knows he’s now a major priority for Texas.
“They’ve been telling me how I’m basically the only receiver they’re trying to recruit in my class,” he said. “It’s an honor. It just lets me know I’m doing what I’m supposed to do on the field.”
Texas coaches have made a strong push for Cannon since Major Applewhite took over as playcaller, and they’ve told him their new high-tempo offensive scheme will be a good fit for his abilities.
Still, talk is cheap. Cannon is excited to get on campus for junior day and see how different the Texas offense looks during the spring practice he’ll attend.
“I’ve got to see it on the field first,” he said. “They can say a lot but not do it. If I see it on the field, that’ll be pretty good to see.”
Cannon came away impressed with his visit to Texas Tech. New coach Kliff Kingsbury sold him on a chance to play the “Z” outside receiver position and explained what kind of offensive identity he’ll bring to a program long known for its pass-heavy offense.
“He said he’s going to do it how he did it at Houston,” Cannon said. “It’s Air Raid. Get the ball to the playmakers a lot. Their offense is going to be pretty good. They showed me how I’d fit in, because we kind of run the same offense now at my high school.”
Where that visit puts Tech on Cannon’s list of top schools, he won’t say. He says everyone is even right now until he takes more visits. That being said, one school has made a stronger push than most.
“Right now, Baylor is working the hardest,” Cannon said. “They come by the school almost every weekend and I get on the phone with them almost every weekend to talk. They’ve had great receivers come in the past few years and to hear I can be the next great one is pretty good.”
Cannon is focused on his upcoming track season right now -- he’s going run the 100, 200 and sprint relays -- and the 6-foot-1 wideout is up a few pounds to 168.
When he talks to recruiters, though, they’re confident the K.D. Cannon you see today won’t be the one that takes the field in college. He’s not done growing.
“They say by the way my frame is, they see me growing a couple more inches before I graduate from high school,” he said.
That speed plus that size? Hard to beat. When asked if a few more inches would make him the top receiver in the nation for 2014, he has a simple answer: “Yes sir.”
Cannon wants to also visit Oklahoma, Baylor and as many in-state junior days as possible. He said he’s not planning to make a final decision until the fall, potentially after his senior season.