You can't say that Zykiesis Cannon emerged on the scene this past season because he was a known commodity since his freshman season. Now at Carolina High School Cannon has started to generate quite a buzz for himself after a superb junior season. A state leader in two different categories Cannon showed why we are so high on him. We caught up with Cannon recently to talk about the very latest and his junior season.
"I was very happy with my play this season and just getting the opportunity to prove myself."
Cannon's junior season stats tell the story emphatically. He played at wide receiver and safety for the Trojans and shined brightly.
"I had 60 receptions for 1,107 yards and 18 touchdowns. On defense I had 108 tackles, 8 interceptions (4 returned for touchdowns), and 3 forced fumbles. I led the state in receiving touchdowns and was tied for first in interceptions."
Being such a dynamic play maker on both sides of the ball does Cannon have a preference as to where he'd like to play on the college level?
"No. I just want an opportunity to play college ball. Wherever the coaches want to play me at is fine with me as long as I have an opportunity to compete."
Thus far only one school has targeted Cannon but he's hoping his junior film along with a strong showing on the camp and combine circuit this off season will open more eyes.
"UNC-Charlotte is recruiting me. I have already visited with them. They just started their football program in 2010 and are currently FCS but are moving to FBS and playing in Conference USA in 2015."
So what is he going to take a long hard look at when choosing a college destination?
"The coaching staff, facilities, atmosphere, and graduation rates."
Looking back at his junior season one game in particular he felt was arguably his best. Being against a nearby rival made it all the more special too.
"The Southside game because the game was so hyped and we went down early and were the underdog the whole game. I scored two touchdowns, one early and one to win the game."
Asked what aspects of his game have improved the most since the end of his sophomore season up until this point in his career Cannon made no bones about where his most drastic improvements came. He also talked with us about what areas he'll be trying to improve on this off season.
"My aggressiveness. I'm way more physical now than I was a year ago."
"I want to improve on my footwork and my hips the most because I've been hearing a lot about playing corner."
The 2014 prospect talked about his goals for the Trojans and himself next year as well.
"To have a way better year, win more games, and become closer to my brothers. On a personal level I'd like to have at least 10 tackles, 1 interception, 100+ receiving yards, and 2 touchdowns per game next year."
Cannon is a dynamic athlete and he's been working feverishly on his speed in an effort to lower his already impressive 4.59 second 40 yard dash time. SCPrepNation.com will continue to track Cannon's recruitment as we expect more schools to come calling before too long once his film circulates so stay tuned right here.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS...ZYKIESIS CANNON
Bench Press: 250 pounds
Squat: 375 pounds
Fastest 40: 4.59 seconds
Pro shuttle: 4.35 seconds