The 6-3, 240-pound defensive end plans to take an official visit to Auburn this weekend. Signing defensive ends is a high priority for the Auburn coaches and the three-year starter says he knows that.
"That is one of the reasons I am looking at Auburn," he says. "I also like the family atmosphere and the coaching staff."
He got to meet the coaches, Auburn students and others this past summer at an AU football camp.
Cannon, who runs a 4.7 40, played some tight end on offense but says he is being recruited to play defense in college. He has already taken a visit to Maryland. He is scheduled to visit the Clemson Tigers on Jan. 18th and then North Carolina on Jan. 25th. He says he plans to take all four trips before making a decision.
He notes that his favorite game as a senior came against traditional Atlanta area power Southwest DeKalb, the school that sent Rashaud Walker to Auburn and loads of college prospects to colleges around the country. "We won the game and it is a rivalry for us and I had back-to-back sacks," he says. "Plus, I had another sack. It was fun because it was the first time we had beaten them in three years."
Commenting on his style on the football field, the defensive end says, "I play every play aggressively and I have good quickness off the ball. I am good stopping the run and rushing the passer."
Tiger Ticket Extra: Cannon says he bench presses 275 pounds...Football is his only sport...At Stephenson High, he is a member of the National Honor Society. Cannon says he wants to major in sports medicine and business management in college...Cannon missed the first three games of his senior season with a high ankle sprain, but played in 10 games anyway as his team advanced deep into the state playoffs...AU is also recruiting his teammate, 6-0, 180, sub 4.5 cornerback DeMario Minter who is scheduled to visit AU on Jan. 25th.