As soon as K.D. Cannon (Mount Pleasant, Texas/Mount Pleasant) walked into Everest Indoor Center in Norman, Okla., on Saturday night, you could sense something special had just occurred. An unassuming smile was supported by his confident stride as the 2014 receiver was greeted by multiple Oklahoma assistant coaches including Jay Norvell and Josh Heupel.
On Sunday morning, he showed why he received special attention the night before. Cannon displayed quick feet, good hands and a competitive nature during the morning session of the Sooners football camp. His one-on-one battles with Dakota Austin (Lancaster, Texas/Lancaster) were highlights of the three-day affair.
Shortly thereafter, Cannon received an OU offer.
“After the workout they told us to stay over, Coach (Bob) Stoops wants to talk with us,” Keith Thompson, Cannon’s father who drove the 6-foot-1, 155-pound junior to the camp. “We walked in and they said ‘We usually don’t offer this early but when we see something we like we can get onboard,’ and they gave an offer.”
And immediately changed Cannon’s list of favorites.
“It was overwhelming. I was excited,” Cannon said of receiving the offer. “They’re at the top of my list now.”
The Sooners joins West Virginia and Texas Tech on Cannon’s offer list. Several schools have shown interest in the lanky receiver including Texas, TCU, Oklahoma State and others.
OU sent a message with their interest in Cannon as soon as he arrived at the camp. He didn’t participate in the Saturday night session but his presence was known as Heupel, Norvell and Mike Stoops were among the coaches who greeted the receiver shortly following his arrival.
“It made me feel like I’m doing a good job with what I’m doing,” Cannon said of the special attention.
During Sunday’s morning session, Norvell coached the receivers, including Cannon, hard, often forcing them to finish plays all the way into the endzone after short catches in passing drills. Working on getting a clean release off of the line of scrimmage was another priority during Norvell’s tutelage.
“It was a great experience,” Cannon said.