If you are looking for a wide receiver with great size and hands, look no further than three-star prospect Demetrius Cannon from Trinity Catholic High School. The Saint Louis native is ranked sixth of all recruits in the state of Missouri and is the highest-rated player that remains uncommitted for the Class of 2021.
Cannon is a 6-3, 205-pound junior who is ranked as one of the best in Missouri and nationally overall. In his most recent season, Cannon hauled in 20 passes, accumulating 235 receiving yards and 3 touchdowns in 12 games for Trinity Catholic.
Cannon’s size and strength allow him to create just the right amount of separation to consistently make contested catches. He recognizes this about his game, stating he is a “big, physical receiver” when asked to describe his play style. This makes him a great short-pass and red-zone target. He excels specifically when running comeback routes, hitches, out routes, and bubble screens. All in all, Cannon will be a difference-maker at the college level.
Demetrius has received 13 offers from an impressive list of schools, but recently narrowed his options down to ten: Missouri, Arkansas, Penn State, Louisville, Illinois, Kentucky, Kansas, Vanderbilt, Indiana, and West Virginia.
Although Illinois is considered to be a top choice of the young wideout, Cannon doesn’t appear to be leaning any particular way, saying that “all of the schools have treated me great.”
That being said, he seems to have a strong relationship with Vanderbilt wide receivers coach Tony Ball, saying that Coach Ball is “really easy to talk to and was pushing to get to know me. He wants to know me personally, he texts my family. So it was pretty good. He’s a pretty nice guy, just like Coach Moorhead.” He would go on to describe the coach as extremely accepting, mentioning how “he doesn’t try to change me. He just finds ways to add on to my game, and he likes me for who I am. I feel like he has a lot of tools in his toolbox that can help me be great.”
In terms of when he plans to commit, Cannon hopes to make a decision before the opening game of his senior season, but that may be difficult depending on how long the Coronavirus continues to impact the recruiting space.
Cannon led his team to a 9-4 record, with his offensive contributions culminating in a Class 3 District 3 Championship.
Will Demetrius Cannon choose the Fighting Illini at the end of the summer? Or will he opt to go the Louisville, Arkansas, or Penn State? Or maybe even another school entirely? He should have a better idea of which school is the best fit for him once he gets some more virtual visits under his belt.