Cannon was an All-county performer both his junior and senior seasons, and an honorable mention All-state who had nine sacks and participated in the Tennessee-Georgia All-Star game his senior year. He helped lead his high school to a 10-3 record and the third round of the state playoffs.
Cannon, orginally a "four-star" prospect by Scout.com, is a developing defensive end with good size. Despite limited playing time during his first year of action in 2003 and 2004, his best days are still ahead of him.
As a redshirt freshman, defensive end Brandon Cannon saw action in a limited capacity, getting in on 20 plays in three games. In 2004, he posted similar numbers, playing in four games for a total of 15 plays.
Cannon is currently listed as a second team defensive end, behind starter Charles Bennett and ahead of Kwam Williams.
Defensive coordinator Vic Koenning told CUTigers.com in a recent interview that establishing depth behind Bennett, and also Bandit Gaines Adams is a primary concern entering fall camp. "Too many things that we've got to do better. We've got to establish depth at both end positions and I think that is a huge concern, a huge concern," said the Tigers first-year coordinator.
Cannon orginally committed to Maryland during January of 2001, but he ultimately changed his mind 4 days after making that commitment and signed with Clemson. At the time, he cited "closeness to home" as the main reason for his change of heart.
Brandon Cannon is a player that came to Clemson with unlimited potential, and that potential has not yet been realized. In 2005, he has the potential to see the field much more than his first two years in the program, but he may have more competition than just Kwam Williams by the time fall camp is finished. In short, he still needs to make impression on the Tigers' defensive coaching staff if he expects to see significant playing time this fall.