WR K.D. Cannon chooses Baylor


It was a matter of time for K.D. Cannon (Mount Pleasant, Texas/Mount Pleasant).

He tipped his proverbial hat by wearing the shorts or wearing a baseball cap at random events. He’d even smile when someone said “Sic 'Em.”

Baylor has been a favorite of the ESPN 300 wide receiver for quite some time. Saturday afternoon, the 6-foot, 163-pound receiver made it official with a tweet, then confirmed with a text that he had verbally committed to the Bears.

Cannon, ranked No. 46 overall and the fifth-ranked receiver in the 2014 class, became commitment No. 22 for Baylor. Commitment No. 23 shortly followed, with athlete Verkedric Vaughns (Mesquite, Texas/Poteet), a two-way standout who could help the Bears in the secondary.

For Cannon, the decision came down to Baylor and Texas Tech. Cannon, however, said his decision was made roughly a month ago.

“Baylor’s like a second family to me,” said Cannon, who made the visit to Waco, Texas, on Saturday. “Family is important to me.”

Recruited by both co-offensive coordinator Kendal Briles and head coach Art Briles, Cannon had additional offers from Oklahoma, Florida and Ole Miss. Those three, Baylor and Texas Tech made up his top five, which he announced via social media earlier this month.

The Bears will receive one of the nation’s most dynamic receivers and a player who wants the ball in his hands every play. Cannon caught 106 passes for 1,600 yards and 26 touchdowns as a junior. He first burst on the scene with an outstanding sophomore campaign, in which he caught 61 balls for 1,004 yards and 10 scores.

Cannon now is hoping he can come in next season and be just as productive.

“They told me I can come in as freshman and get playing time, maybe even start,” Cannon said. “That means a lot. Plus, them being like a family really won me over.”

Cannon is the No. 6 player in the state of Texas, which is loaded with ESPN 300 players. He is expected to headline an already-talented group of 2014 receivers that features ESPN 300 Davion Hall (Texarkana, Texas/Liberty-Eylau), four-star Ishmael Zamora (Houston/Alief Elsik) and three-star speedster Chris Platt (Willis, Texas/Willis).