Offers Roll in for Mount Pleasant’s K.D. Cannon
East Texas' 2014 recruiting class could be one of the region's most impressive in years. Mount Pleasant receiver K.D. Cannon is among the headliners of that group.
Cannon recently picked up an offer from Texas to give the 6-foot, 163-pound pass-catcher offers from the Longhorns, Baylor, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, SMU, Texas A&M, and Texas Tech, he said Tuesday afternoon. Cannon, who will visit Baylor this weekend, also told ETSN.fm that LSU has been showing him a lot of interest lately.
Cannon was a standout performer at the Top Guns Camp in Virginia a few weeks ago, as well as the Rivals Underclassmen Challenge in DeSoto, according to 247Sports.com and Rivals.com. Cannon said that while recruiting attention has picked up, he doesn't mind it.
"It's fine with me really," he said.
Cannon said Oklahoma, Texas, and TCU stand out right now.
"They have good football programs and good graduation rates," Cannon said. "(The type of offense) doesn't really matter as long as they throw the ball."
Cannon is gearing up for his junior season, which comes a year after he exploded as a sophomore with 61 catches for 1,004 yards and 10 touchdowns. Cannon will have the same quarterbacks as he did a season ago: senior Montravious James (1,025 passing yards) and junior Cullen Grubbs (918 passing yards). He'll also have a pair of proven fellow junior receivers in Andrew Flanagan and A.J. Hughes to take some of the opponents' attention away from him.
"We've got a got great chance to make a run in the playoffs," said Cannon, who added that the Tigers' junior class "has a lot of speed."
Cannon joins Liberty-Eylau athlete Davion Hall (6-3, 187) and Whitehouse athlete Patrick Mahomes (6-3, 180) as some of the top names in East Texas' 2014 class. There's also several players from Carthage and Longview, including Bulldogs' QB Blake Bogenschutz (6-0, 182) and Lobos' DB Stephon Maxey (5-11, 185), who will garner plenty of recruiting attention in the coming months. Nacogdoches OL Jacob Bragg (6-3, 285), Lufkin WR Jamal Jeffery (5-9, 170), Hemphill ATH Justin Twine, and Gilmer LB Josh Walker (6-1, 220) are a few more of the potential big names in the 2014 class.
Keep an eye on the ETSN 25, our countdown of the top 25 recruits in the 2013 class. ETSN.fm will reveal a comprehensive list of the top juniors and sophomores along with the release of the No. 1 player on the preseason ETSN 25 on Aug. 27.