Small-town Cannon has big-time plans 

October, 26, 2012
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MOUNT PLEASANT, Texas -- The K.D. Cannon you see today wasn’t created by hype and big stats.

Those endless days of summer in Mount Pleasant are what made Cannon the state of Texas’ top junior wide receiver.

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Every weekday, he and his father, Keith Thompson, got up at 8 a.m. and got to work. First came the morning session, loaded with cone drills and strength training. Those workouts usually didn’t wrap up until noon.

They’d hit the practice field again around 3 p.m. and stay until 5. Every day, more of the same: Route running and lots more route running. As a sophomore, Cannon’s best and only move was sprinting deep on fade routes. He needed a full repertoire.

Thompson often liked to load up a tennis ball machine with 50 or more and watch as his son snared yellow ball after yellow ball, ensuring he would learn to catch only with his hands.

“He pushed me to do the best I can do,” Cannon said. “He worked me out every morning and every afternoon to try to make me be the best I can be.”

Cannon admits he’s still a long ways away from reaching his potential, and that’s just plain scary.

The 2014 wide receiver prospect with offers from Texas, Oklahoma and nearly a dozen other schools knew the attention he has received on the recruiting trail wouldn’t make for an easy junior year.

The numbers he’s putting up this year for Mount Pleasant -- 67 catches for 1,053 yards and 18 touchdowns – would suggest nothing has changed. Not true.

“He gets double-teamed and triple-teamed quite a bit, and he still makes 10 to 12 catches a game,” Thompson said. “That’s pretty tough to do.”

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