Mount Pleasant had its struggles last year, but top 2014 wideout Kd Cannon said he expected the Tigers to take a positive step forward this year.
"We're going to be really great this year," Cannon said. "We're working really hard and practicing as a team. We have great chemistry now.
"Last year we weren't so good," Cannon said. "We had a bunch of young people."
That youth meant that Mount Pleasant missed the playoffs, a dance that the Tigers haven't made since 2006. But Cannon said he's hopeful that streak will end this year, and he feels like the Tigers have the pieces to make that happen. If he continues to perform at the high level he did a year ago, it might happen. Last season Cannon pulled in 61 passes for 1,004 yards and 10 touchdowns.
"I think I can help the team a lot," Cannon said. "I'm a deep threat, and I'm somebody that can go long and make a play in late situations."
Cannon spent part of the summer showcasing that ability for college coaches, camping at Texas, Oklahoma and TCU, camp experiences that he referred to as "all kind of the same," He's since visited Baylor, TCU and SMU, and has plans for two more visits on tap.
On Week One, Cannon is going to visit Texas for its Saturday opener against Wyoming, then take in Baylor's Sunday opening contest against SMU.
Cannon said he actually grew up a Miami fan, by virtue of his dad, a "huge" Miami fan.
"When I was small, Miami was the only college game I watched," Cannon said.
But don't expect that to give the 'Canes an edge if they come calling.
"It's a wide open race right now," Cannon said.
So what is Cannon looking for in his school of choice?
"I want a school that loves to throw the ball," Cannon said. "I want to go to a great academic school, and a school that knows how to win."
Cannon said he has no specific timetable for a decision.