Buena Park (Calif.) is stacked with six prospects rated three-star or better in the 2017 class, though others are emerging this offseason - including outside linebacker Ronnie Cannon.
Cannon was limited to just a few games after his junior season, but is starting to pick up steam this offseason.
“I only came back a little bit (my junior year) so scouts are wanting to see a little more in my senior year,” Cannon said. “This year I’m just trying to ball out and see where I can go from there. I played about three games and sent my tape out to schools.”
That film has drawn interest from several schools, including San Jose State, San Diego State, Montana, Montana State and San Diego. He also holds an offer from Avila University.
“I know how to track the ball down,” Cannon said. “When I see the ball, I get to it. Eyes are the biggest thing in being a linebacker for me. It doesn’t matter how big or strong or fast you are if you can’t get to the ball and I do that well.”
The outside linebacker prospect is hoping that more colleges coming to check out prospects like four-star talents in Elijah Gates and Tariiq Johnson will notice him during his senior season.
“They are going to bring schools to come here and if they see me ball out on defense, they will say ‘I want him too,’” Cannon said. “Those guys are helping me out. My coaches are going to help me too by telling them to ‘check out our linebacker’ and help me get to where I need to be.”
Cannon’s most recent recruiting progress came from San Jose State’s junior day invite last weekend. He came away impressed with the experience and now considers SJSU as one of his dream schools.
“It was the most beautiful place ever - the community, the academics, the coaches, the players, they were all awesome,” Cannon said. “Other people I talked to said that people come here because it’s just the best overall experience. The coaches, they don’t just care about you playing football, they care about academics and you being someone in life.
“The scrimmage, I liked it. It was intense. I saw one of the inside linebackers (Frank Ginda)," Cannon added. "He’s a beast. I looked up to him once I saw him get on the field. (Christian Tago), I looked up to him too, he stood out.”
His primary recruiter with SJSU is the program’s new linebackers coach Arnold Ale. He has also talked to their recruiter for the area, receivers coach Andrew Rolin.
“The thing I’m looking for in a school is a community, everything that’s around me because I’m going to be the one walking around in it,” Cannon said. “I want the coaches to be encouraging to get good grades and to be a good man in life and succeed in life and help me whether it be football or personal life.”
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