Cards at the 'top' for South Carolina athlete

Greenville, S.C., athlete Zykiesis Cannon has over 10 scholarship offers already from schools all over the country. But Cannon said two schools stick out the most. He tells Cardinal Authority what he thinks about the University of Louisville.

Greenville, S.C., Carolina High School athlete Zykiesis Cannon traveled to Louisville when he was younger with his AAU team to play in a summer basketball tournament and said he stayed near downtown.

Cannon remembered the trip well because, "it was a great place."

The 5-foot-11, 185-pound three-star safety/wide receiver returned recently on an unofficial visit with the U of L football team and now has the Cardinals among his top choices for a college.

Cannon, who led the state in touchdown receptions and interceptions as a junior, said the Cardinals and Georgia Tech are "my top two schools." He also has offers from South Carolina, North Carolina, North Carolina State, Boston College, East Carolina and UNC Charlotte among others.

"Louisville and Georgia Tech are showing me the most love," Cannon said. "I feel the love there. But right now, I am more focused on my season and getting better and trying to win. I'll have plenty of time to think it through."

Cannon said U of L, South Carolina and perhaps Georgia is where he will attend camps this summer.

The Louisville interest started last fall and Cannon said he's building a good relationship with head coach Charlie Strong and linebackers coach Brian Jean-Mary. He just talked with Jean-Mary and Vance Bedford this past week.

"They told me they went back and re-evaluated the film and that I ended up being their top defensive back," Cannon said. "That really hit home. I liked hearing that from them because they really want me."

Cannon said while the Cardinals are "way up there" on his list that he wants to attend the camp and see if he "can find out more about them."

"I really like coach Strong and how he's a role model," Cannon said. "They have some great facilities and I like the coaching staff a lot."

As a sophomore, the versatile Cannon rushed for over 700 yards and eight touchdowns. He also caught a TD pass, averaged 4.5 tackles a game and had five pass break-ups and two forced fumbles.

Cannon was a first-team Division I-AA All-State selection as a junior after catching 60 passes for 1,007 yards and 18 touchdowns. He also had 108 tackle and eight interceptions, returning four for touchdowns.

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