Cannon Smith named Army All-American

Cannon Smith of Olive Branch has officially been named as a 2007 U.S. Army All-American. He is the second athlete from the state of Mississippi to be selected to the West squad. Cannon Smith and Chris Strong join a group of extraordinary student/athletes selected to play in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl on Saturday, January 6, 2007 at the Alamodome in San Antonio, TX.

The game will be televised live on NBC and will feature the nation's Top 80 high school football athletes.

"We are expected to see this fine young man represent his school and community as a U.S. Army All-American," said Colonel Thomas Nickerson, Director of Strategic Outreach for the U.S. Army Accessions Command. "The U.S. Army recognizes the value of the individual talents toward achieving team goals, and Cannon's abilities and dedication make him a strong addition to the game."

Scout.com is a proud selecting partner for the U.S .Army All-American game. Cannon is eligible for the U.S. Army High School Player of the Year, Walter Payton Trophy, AFL Ironman of the Year, U.S. Army Scholar Athlete Awards, and the Glenn Davis and Doc Blanchard US Army Awards.

"Cannon is the most underrated QB in the country," said Zach Morolda, Chairman of the US Army All-American Bowl selection committee. "Smith combines raw talent and adult like maturity on the field, but most importantly he is a winner with a rocket arm and enough confidence to make the tough throws. Smith will be a star at next level and will credited for the mental and physical development of many of his future teammates. Smith is a born leader and encompasses all of the qualities of an Army All-American. Cannon is an unbelievable all-around athlete and the bowl is proud to have him join the US Army All-American Class of 2007."

Cannon Smith transferred from Christian Brothers (TN) to Olive Branch (MS) before the start of his senior campaign.

Little did anyone realize the impact that Cannon would make for the Conquistador's program. Smith set the school record in touchdown's this season with 24.

For the season, Cannon has passed for 1, 975 yards and 24 TD's for the 11-1 Class 5A quarterfinalist, as Olive Branch faces N' West Rankin tonight and the winner will advance to the State Class 5A semifinals.

"It is just an honor for me to be recognized as one of the nation's best and to play in the Super Bowl of high school athletics. This is the greatest achievement any high school athlete can receive. I am really at a loss of words to explain how important this means to me and our program. My teammates got me here, and I owe everything to them. I would not be here without them," added Cannon Smith.

The 6' 1", 175 pound signal caller is now considering Ole Miss, Memphis, Oklahoma, Auburn, and Alabama.

To view Smith in action this season, watch below.




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