What happened with Ole Miss and Cannon Smith?

Cannon Smith (QB, Olive Branch, MS) - Cannon had the cat by his tail after his senior season was completed.

The good fortune all started before the start of his senior campaign. Cannon had used up his eligibility in the State of Tennessee and petitioned the state of Mississippi to allow him to play an extra year of high school football due to an illness that prevented him from playing in a season earlier in his school career.

The state ruled in Cannon's favor.

Cannon transferred from Christian Brothers (TN) to Olive Branch (MS) last season.

Smith had an impact season for the Conquistadors and led them to a North Half Finals showing while totaling almost 3,000 yards of offense 34 TD.

Cannon was one of two Mississippians selected to play in the Army All-American game, along with South Panola product, Chris Strong.

"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."

Smith parlayed his on the field performances with a commitment to the University of Mississippi the following week after he was selected as an Army All-American.

But then an off the field issue occurred and Smith declined to play in the prestigious event.

Word went around that maybe Smith had reopened his recruitment back up, so we were able to confirm a few things.

"I went on an official visit to Hawaii a couple of weeks back," stated Cannon Smith. "I like their staff but it is pretty far. I do think they have a good program and an exciting offense."

Who else is under consideration?

"Ole Miss is one of the three, along with Miami and Hawaii."

We interviewed Cannon on Thursday before he took in an official visit to Miami.

"I am taking an official visit to Miami this weekend. I am looking forward to that. I want to meet with Coach Shannon and look at their campus. I will meet with my family and see which of the three is the best. I will probably wait until signing day, and if I still do not know, I will take a semester to Hargrave and enroll in a college next January."

Cannon gave us some more perspective into his recruitment.

"There are a lot of schools that are talking to me, but their QB slot is taken. Most schools only take one QB in their class, and they have all been pretty much filled. But they said if I go to Hargrave, they can sign me in December. I have spoken to Coach Prunty at Hargrave and he is a great guy. I am not 100% comfortable with going to Hargrave yet. I have taken some time off from the media, so now I want to set the rumors straight. I still talk to Coach Freeze (at Ole Miss). We are still on good terms. I just have not made a decision yet."

And why did Cannon reopen his recruitment after committing to the Rebels earlier?

"A couple things happened. Obviously, even before the incident (that happened off the field), they signed Jevan Snead. They kind of backed off a bit when they signed Jevan Snead . They probably did not feel like they needed to sign me anymore. I also talked it over with my parents, and we thought maybe it would be best for me to go far away from home with my dad being who he is and with that incident getting so much media exposure. I might just need a new start. Those were the main two reasons I reopened my recruitment back up. But I want to say this, I have stayed on good terms with the Ole Miss staff. I have been updating Coach Freeze about Hawaii and Miami coming in the picture. I have not kept anything from him. A lot of my brothers and sisters went to Ole Miss, and I grew up an Ole Miss person. Whether I go to Ole Miss or not, I will always have them in my heart."

Life is full of twists and turns, but Cannon Smith will be a better man for it one day.

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