2016 receiver headed to SMU junior day

Hatts talked with Dawson wide receiver Antoine Cannady about his SMU interest and junior day invitation.

2016 Glenda Dawson HS (Tex.) wide receiver Antoine Cannady will be attending SMU’s junior day and is already getting a head start on preparing for the visit.

“I’m very excited to come, I’ve never been to the campus but I’m very excited to be there, but I’m hoping for an offer soon, I’ve been reaching out to them and letting them know who I am and evaluate me before signing day,” Cannady said.

Although Cannady has never been on the campus, he has been to many games at SMU because his aunt attended the school just a few years ago.

“I’ve been following SMU for a long time, one of my family members actually went there, and I’ve been to a lot of games in the past years and really enjoyed it, the environment was exciting so if they offered me I feel like I would commit,” Cannady said.

During junior day, Cannady says he will be sure to ask the coaches about the academics at SMU, as that will play a big role in his decision.

“I’m going to ask a lot about academics because that’s always first and I just want to be in the right place to get my degree,” Cannady said.

Although he’s only a junior, Cannady has been in touch with coach Mathis recently trying to let them know he is interested in attending SMU and have as much communication as possible before junior day.

“I DM’ed them about a week ago and they told me they like me a lot and they like my film, and my size so they said they like me at tight end because I’m so big,” Cannady said.

Cannady has an offer from North Texas but has received interest from Texas, UTSA, Texas State, Stephen F. Austin and Colorado, as well.

Cannady says he will attend the North Texas junior day and UTSA’s junior day, despite it being on the same day as the one for Texas.

This past season was big for the 6-3, 230 pound receiver after his sophomore season was limited due to injury.

“Last year I was a sophomore and I got hurt so I didn’t really have a lot of film so I didn’t really reach out but now that I have film, I’m trying to reach out to as many people as I can, like SMU, that’s one of my top schools if not number one,” Cannady said.

His season turned out to be a successful one as he finished with seven touchdowns and was asked to play all over the field.

“It was good, I had seven touchdowns, I played tight end, in the slot, on the outside, I played defensive end, I just played a lot of positions because my team needed me to play a lot of different positions,” Cannady said, “On my film I tried to make it mostly as receiver because that’s where I’ve heard from most schools I’ve talked to, they want me to play tight end or slot.”

Due to his impressive size, Cannady believes he’s a tough matchup for many safeties or defensive backs to cover.

“I catch really good with my hands, and I’m good at high pointing the ball, inside coverage I don’t really feel like any safety can cover me because I’m very smart at getting open and I’m very big, I’m a big player,” Cannady said.

Although he is a tough cover because of his size, Cannady still feels like speed is an area he can improve.

“I need to get better at speed, I run a 4.69 but I feel like I should be a little faster so I’m running track,” Cannady said.

As SMU gets ready to bring in their first recruiting class under head coach Chad Morris, Cannady said he’s trying to make sure the coaches know he’s genuinely interested in SMU and not just because of their recent success.

“I feel like they have a lot more recruits coming in and I’ve just been trying to get in touch with them,” Cannady said, “I just don’t want them to think I’m jumping on because they’re blowing up, I’ve just trying to get in touch with the coaches.”

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