Darius Cannon returned a kick back for a touchdown during Week 1 of this season that made him look like he was shot out of a literal cannon. He earned a spot in our Weekly Top 10 plays of the week mainly due to the impressive speed on his return, but last week the junior outdid himself with an even more electrifying play, which earned him another spot on the top 10 plays of the week.
White County was in the redzone, so of course, they were looking to get their star junior receiver into the action. The ball was lofted out to the back of the endzone where Cannon was being tightly guarded, but still, the junior lept up making sort of a side saddled catch in the air with the defender hanging from him like window-dressing.
The catch was one of the best of the season. The junior showed off his acrobatics but also his strong hands and good awareness to get his feet in bounds. To achieve a play like that, well, a lot of work had to be done this offseason. Cannon talked about what exactly gave him an edge this season.
“I’ve improved mostly on my route running and creating separation away from the defender. I do train with a couple of guys out of Atlanta, Top Shelf Performance, and also play on Cam Newton’s 7v7. I have to say this has elevated my game to a whole different level,” Cannon said.
On the recruiting front, Cannon is receiving a lot of FBS interest.
“My recruitment is going good! So far I’ve taken a few unofficial visits to schools like Kentucky, Alabama, and Georgia Southern.” Cannon continued, “Since this fall I’ve heard from schools like Coastal Carolina, Virginia Tech, Liberty, WKU, Yale, and ETSU.”
Cannon says that he expects to visit a few more schools in the coming weeks. The speedy receiver has been a key playmaker for White County the last few years, so we suspect that 2023 recruit will only continue to nab recruiting attention.
The 5’9″ junior receiver is very quick, showing excellent acceleration coming out of his breaks and outstanding ball skills. Just like the catch from last weekend, Cannon can go up and get the football despite having a shorter frame. When watching his film, a lot of different receivers come to mind that share similarities to Cannon, but he has his own thoughts too.
“I model my game after Jerry Judy and Amari Cooper, but some people say I remind them of Chris Olave or Tyree Hill,” he said.
Cannon is just a junior, but with multiple years of varsity experience under his belt, we thought he could look back and reflect on what he enjoys the most playing Friday night football here in Georgia.
“What I love mostly about ‘Friday Night Lights’ is the comradery, playing alongside friends, and the support of the community.”
The White County community will be traveling tonight in hopes for a win over North Hall. Cannon should prove to be a legit x-factor in this game with his speed, and his highlights should be one to watch for, so be sure to follow @RecruitGeorgia on Twitter to see his latest film and all the athletes across the state of Georgia.