Class of 2014 wide receiver K.D. Cannon (Mount Pleasant, Texas/Mount Pleasant) stands out in a crowd for a few reasons.
First, there’s his haircut. It is an alternate version of a high-top fade with one side black and the other side, a few inches lower, a shade of yellow. He calls it the “Juice” look.
But there’s also his ability to be a game-changing playmaker that have schools from across the country taking notice. That includes the Longhorns.
Cannon, who checks in at 5-foot-11 and 161 pounds, impressed Texas so much at one of its June camps that he was approved for an offer in February.
“I went to their camp and when I got there they gave me a tour around the school,” said Cannon, who was invited to Texas’ spring game but couldn’t make it. “Then I went to Mack Brown’s office and he just told me that I was approved for an offer. It meant a lot. I was surprised because I didn’t know he was going to do all of that.”
Lump Texas’ offer in with the others he also reports and Cannon has accumulated quite the list. Those other programs include Texas A&M, Texas Tech, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Notre Dame, West Virginia and TCU.
But there are three from that list that are standing out to him at the moment: Texas, Oklahoma and Oklahoma State.
Being from the state of Texas, the Longhorns have always been a team that Cannon has taken interest in. It started out as just a rooting interest but has grown into more than that now that he knows he has a chance to play there should he choose.
“I know they always have great cornerbacks and their defense is one of the top defenses in the country,” he said. “They have a good receiving coach too.”
As for those Bedlam rivals, Cannon said, “Oklahoma State always produces great receivers and have a great quarterback nearly every year. And I like Oklahoma’s offense and how they are fast-paced. They also have a great receivers coach.”
Coincidentally or not, those are schools where he attended camps (as well as TCU). So that list of favorites could grow the more he explores his options.
One school he’d like to learn more about, and gain equal interest from, is Miami.
“I always grew up watching Miami but I haven’t heard from them,” he said. “I will probably go to one of their camps one day.”
If Cannon puts up numbers in 2012 like he did as a sophomore then the Hurricanes will surely take notice. Last season he had 61 catches for over 1,000 yards and 10 touchdowns.
Cannon said his success hinges on a combination of his speed, route running and his ability to separate out of his breaks.
OK, and his hair too.