"Towards the end of May a lot of coaches were stopping by the school," Diamon Cannon
told GoMids.com. "Coach Yokitis felt I'd be a good fit in the Navy
defense. He said that they like me at a hybrid defensive end-outside linebacker position. They think I'm a pretty good pass rusher, but have good ability to be able to drop back in zone coverage.
"I'm real excited to have the offer. The benefits after graduation coming out of the academy are amazing. It's definitely something to consider, but right now I'm weighing my options, taking it all in."
Last season, Cannon was an All-District selection in Texas 8-5A at outside linebacker. While he's spent time at defensive end and inside linebacker but mainly played safety and outside linebacker. He had some huge games for a 7-4 Wolves team in 2013. Playing against Harker Heights, he had 10 tackles, five for loss, and a forced fumble and had two picks in the win against rival Killeen.
His season has earned Cannon offers from Navy, Nevada
, Northern Illinois
, North Texas
, Sam Houston
State, and Texas State
. He's also hearing from Baylor
, Texas, and UTSA
"I'm hoping to be a part of a winning program," Cannon said on selecting a college. "I want to go somewhere I can play early on. I'd like to start right away, but, if not, so be it. I want to go to a school with a quality degree that will help get me far in life after football."
Cannon was on the academic honor role last school year at Shoemaker. He'll start at outside linebacker again this year where he'll be playing beside Kerry Walker
, another rising senior who has been receiving his share of recruiting attention.
Navy may have located a diamond in the rough deep in the heart of Texas in Diamon Cannon, a 6-foot-2, 210-pound Über-athlete who has played defense line, linebacker, and in the secondary for Killeen (Texas) Shoemaker High School. It was during the spring when Cannon first started hearing from Navy by way of Mick Yokitis.