DUNCANVILLE, Texas -- Speed may best define ESPN Watch List wide receiver K.D. Cannon (Mount Pleasant, Texas/Mount Pleasant). His hands may be a close second. His outstanding 4.37-second 40-yard dash time and his 104 catches for 1,597 yards and 25 touchdowns support that.
What Cannon has been working on, recently, has been how to overcome size mismatches against larger defenders in the secondary. At 6 foot and 170 pounds, Cannon knows at the next level, he will up against cornerbacks and safeties who are 15 or 20 pounds heavier -- and just as quick.
Cannon’s been working with the Dallas-area Quick Twitch skills clinic series to improve. The sessions have allowed him to adjust against the bigger athletes he’ll line up against at the BCS level.
“At Mount Pleasant, we don’t really have the big DBs in our district,” said Cannon, who currently has 16 offers. “It’s helping me get off the line and helping me with my footwork.”
Speed has never been a problem for Cannon, who said he ran his 40 time at a Texas camp last summer. Cannon’s footwork, however, is something he admitted needs improvement, and the skills clinics have been instrumental in his progress. On Sunday, Cannon lined up against safety Jamal Adams (Carrollton, Texas/Hebron), who has 25 offers.
Cannon’s latest offer is from Nebraska, but he also recently picked up offers from Florida State and Arizona. While he admitted to not having a true favorite, Cannon did comment on the three newest schools.
“Florida State, they’re always playing in big games against big teams, and they’re starting to throw the ball a lot,” Cannon said. “Arizona, I don’t know much about them, but I know they throw the ball a lot.
“With Nebraska, they know how to develop you. They will get you ready for the next level and where you want to go in life.”
As Cannon continues to improve on intangibles, he said he is preparing for April 7 and the Nike Football Training Camp in Allen, Texas. Cannon has offers from Texas, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, TCU, Texas A&M, Texas Tech, Notre Dame, Baylor and others.