Bamberg, SC lineman A.J. Cann currently has colleges from all over the country calling and wanting to know where they stand with him. One school that has certainly stepped firmly into the mix is the University of Michigan. They are making a strong case to lure the Palmetto State standout toAnn Arbor.
"My coach told me about the offer from Michigan," Cann reported. "I feel real good about that offer, I like the way they play."
With the offer then in hand, his next step was to learn more about the Wolverines. He began that process by a little more information last night.
"My dad called Coach Tony Gibson (defensive backs coach) and they had a nice talk," Cann recalled. "Then I had called Coach Gibson and talked to him. He told me how much they like the way I play. I told him I like Michigan and I can play on either side of the ball".
While the two were talking the conversation went into high gear with news that had to be music to Coach Gibson's ears.
"I told Coach Gibson that my family and I were going to try and get up there for a visit in the next couple of weeks," Cann said.
Now here is where the story takes a turn in Michigan's favor. Cann's brother, Marcus Cann is an offensive lineman that played two years at Garden City (Kan.) Community College before signing earlier this year with Western Michigan.
A.J. is very close with his brother and the two talk often and work out together as much as possible. That relationship could work to the Wolverines' benefit.
"With him signing there at (Western Michigan), that gives me a little more interest in Michigan," Cann admitted. "That is something to think about."
Improvement is also on his mind, as he works hard to make sure his game is where it needs to be.
"There are a few things that I would like to develop more," he said. "I need to be quicker on my feet and to be faster. I am working on my weight as well. At the end of football season I was weighing about 250 pounds. Now I am up to 265 pounds so I am doing well in that area".
"Right now I have good foot work along with good hands and I use my strength well," Cann continued. "When I am on the field I am trying to pancake you and get you off balance. I want to be phys ical about it, I had no sacks against me (last season)."
That impressive record on offense certainly have many coveting Cann as an offensive lineman, but as was mentioned earlier, the side of the ball he plays on won't be a major factor in his choice.
"I would say at this time, (the 20 or so offers he has to date) are half and half for each side of the ball, Cann stated. "I just want to play at the college level, which ever side of the ball it is. I just want to play early."
In the coming weeks Cann will be feeling the heat from plenty of schools willing to give him that chance. For the time being, he is just taking it all in.
"I like the process right now. I am just going to go with the flow and relax."