August 19, 2013

Big Time for Baylor: Cannon No. 27

The video analysis earlier this summer broke down every part of wide receiver KD Cannon and his game. It couldn't find the flaw.

Hands = big and caught everything.
Routes = ran them smooth and could cut without struggling to do so.
Playing defenders = could read them, make the move and leave them behind.
Quickness = blessed to have it and augment his speed.

So when the Rivals national and regional analysts met last week and discussed his position in the current National 100 released Aug. 19, it wasn't a question of whether the 4-star from Mount Pleasant, Texas would move up. Rather it would be how high he would move.

Already making history as Baylor's highest ever rated recruit, Cannon's stock soared. He is now the nation's 27th rated recruit moving 26 spots from No. 53. He is also the second-rated receiver in the country behind River Ridge (LA.) John Curtis' Malachi Dupree. Rivals rated Cannon (5-10, 163) fifth in the previous period.

Cannon's move also helped Baylor's national team ranking. The Bears moved from No. 17 to XX.

The move just ended up being a little short of making the coveted 5-star ranking. Those went to the nation's first 23 players.

"Cannon may not be the biggest but he can flat out go,'' said Jason Howell, Rivals Southwest/Midlands analyst. "His quickness and route running allows him to turnaround even the best defensive backs. To go along with his athleticism he brings a lot of confidence to the table and a strong competitive nature. He put together a very strong summer against the best the nation has to offer and he showed he proved himself to be one of the elite of the elite."

Cannon committed to Baylor on Aug. 10 in what was considered somewhat of surprise for its timing, not where he committed. On Aug. 1, he named a top 5 of Baylor, Texas Tech, Ole Miss, Florida and Oklahoma. The Bears had long since been considered his leader. Still, there had been some thought that he would wait until the conclusion of the 2013 season to commit.

Of course, Baylor fans will remember when Cannon arrived in Chicago in early June. He tweeted a picture of himself wearing a Baylor hat.

Everything changed, though, from a national perspective. National analyst Mike Farrell gave his "Lightning in a Bottle" award to Cannon because of a dominant performance at the event. Cannon made the all-challenge team.

"He was so sudden in his cuts and movements and created so much separation that he was nearly impossible to check and he did everything at top speed,'' Farrell wrote.

The good news for Baylor and Cannon is that there is one more ratings period remaining.

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