Cann has Early Favorite

While the 2009 recruiting cycle is dwindling down to its final days, the South Carolina staff is busy sending out 2010 offers. One of those offers was to Bamberg-Ehrhardt HS (Bamberg, SC) two-way lineman Aaron "AJ" Cann. Read inside as Cann shares with GamecockAnthem.com his thoughts on the offer and which program is his early leader.

The 6'2", 250-pound Cann picked up his first offer, from South Carolina, last Thursday. He also has an offer from Middle Tennessee State. While Cann did not know it at the time of this article, Bamberg-Ehrhardt Assistant Coach Corey Crosby told SCPrepNation.com that Clemson has also informed the B.E. coaching staff that Cann has a Clemson offer.

He is also receiving heavy interest from Georgia Tech.

The versatile lineman shared his initial thoughts on the South Carolina offer.

"I was at school and my coach came by," Cann said. "He told me that Carolina had come by and watched some film. He said that South Carolina offered me. I felt pretty excited about it."

Cann is being recruited for the Gamecocks by recruiting coordinator Shane Beamer. Cann says he has already developed a solid relationship with the young coach.

"When I have been down to South Carolina, he was the one showing me around," Cann said. "He's a pretty cool guy to me. I like him; I like him a lot."

Cann has played every position on the offensive and defensive lines during his time in high school. He was productive at all of them and had 84 tackles, 14 sacks, 22TFL, and 2 forced fumbles after week 12 of his junior season. Cann says that USC is recruiting him as an offensive lineman, but that defensive line coach Brad Lawing likes his game as well. He will be taking a return trip to South Carolina for its junior day on February 21. He says he hopes to learn more at that time about USC's plans for him.

Growing up in South Carolina, the 2010 playmaker is very familiar with both in-state programs. Which one he grew up pulling for may surprise you.

"Well I liked South Carolina and Clemson both since I'm from South Carolina," Cann said. "When they played each other, I just sat down and enjoyed the game and really didn't pull for either one. I like both of them, though. Carolina, they offered me first, though. So they're my favorite right now."

Cann described what he likes about the South Carolina program.

"I like the atmosphere and the fact that they're close to home," he says. "So, my family could come down if I was to play there and they could come see me. (I like) the fact that they're getting a new academic center."

Cann doesn't have an exact timetable for a commitment, but does have a loose guideline for when he would like to end the process.

"My dad and I sat down and talked about it, and really I don't want to commit early, but I don't want to wait. I'll probably commit before football season starts."

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