Cannon Talks Summer Recruiting

Nassau DL Zachary Cannon (6'4, 275) has two offers and recently took his first official visit...

Cannon currently holds offers from Massachusetts, Grambling State and Bethune-Cookman and he's been getting heavy interest from Pittsburgh as well as contact from Utah State, Grambling State and Robert Morris.

Last weekend, Cannon and his teammate, Ali Ali-Musa, took an official visit to UMass and the big and versatile defensive lineman came away impressed.

"My visit was great," Cannon told this past week. "I really enjoyed the academic aspect about the school. The coaches and players also showed me a lot of love and seem very interested about getting me on the field right away.

"They did a great job of almost reeling me in, but I decided just to wait on some things and see how things go this year."

As a freshman last season, Cannon totaled 10 tackles while working into the Lions' defensive line rotation, playing both end and tackle.

"I played defensive end and well as defensive tackle because I am pretty versatile," Cannon said. "I had enough speed to play outside but I was strong and big enough to play inside as well."

This offseason, Cannon has been working hard at honing his overall game and improving in areas that will make him a force this fall.

"I have been focusing more on my pass rush, My 'get offs' and my speed," Cannon noted. "I also have been running more, lifting and doing a lot of field work drills."

As a prep, Cannon went to two different high schools and played only one season of football, ultimately graduating from Dr. Henry A. Wise in Maryland.

"I had some family issues that caused me to play just one year of football," Cannon recalled. "Last season was my first time playing football in three years, so I am hungry to be successful and play."

Cannon is on pace to finish up his two-year degree next spring (June of 2016) and he will have three years to play two following the 2015 football season.

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