A&M official on deck for Baylor pledge

There are some who ask why a college football recruit chooses to take official visits after giving a verbal commitment.

K.D. Cannon (Mount Pleasant, Texas/Mount Pleasant) counters with question of his own: “Why not?”

The ESPN 300 wide receiver committed to Baylor on Aug. 10 and is the program’s top-ranked commit. That hasn’t stopped Cannon from taking visits and it hasn’t stopped fans from wondering if he is truly committed to the Bears.

“I’m just enjoying my official visits,” said Cannon, the nation’s No. 41 player and No. 5 receiver. “I’ve earned them, so why not take them?”

Cannon has been on official visits to Oklahoma (week of Oct. 25) and Texas Tech (Nov. 1), and this weekend, the 6-foot, 163-pound prospect will be in College Station, Texas, to check out Texas A&M’s game against Mississippi State.

Cannon, the No. 6-ranked player in Texas, doesn’t look for anything special as he makes these visits. He said there will be three basic things he hopes to get out of the Texas A&M visit:

“Great game, great fans and a great atmosphere,” he said.

Cannon ultimately chose Baylor over Texas Tech in August, but he’s always had high regard for the Red Raiders and their coaching staff. Cannon enjoyed a trip for Texas Tech’s spring game and has built a solid relationship with head coach Kliff Kingsbury, receivers coach Eric Morris, safeties coach Trey Haverty and others on staff. Cannon was in Lubbock, Texas, last week for the Red Raiders’ game against Oklahoma State.

“It was great,” he said. “I’m real close with the coaches, and it was just a visit that I enjoyed.”

While he takes his visits, Cannon, however, wants to make everything clear: He’s still committed to Baylor and doesn’t plan on making a change. He was in Waco, Texas, on an unofficial visit for Baylor’s 41-12 victory over Oklahoma on Thursday. It was an experience he described as “crazy from the start until the end.”

Cannon will definitely take an official visit to Baylor, though he hasn’t determined a date. The Bears have home games remaining against Texas Tech (Nov. 16) and Texas (Dec. 7). Cannon also said that while recruits are allowed five officials, he might not take his fifth.