GAME DAY Youth Sports Magazine — Upstate SC - February 2012
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Landrum’s Brandon Cannon plans to take detour with Greenville Titans
John Clayton

LANDRUM — For most of the past four football seasons, Brandon Cannon has thrilled Landrum High fans and ignited the Cardinals offense as a dual-threat quarterback and the team’s unquestioned leader.

The next step in Cannon’s football future is what he hopes will be only a detour with the Greenville Titans, an amateur team with affiliations to several upstate technical colleges that allows players to improve their academic standings while attending one of the technical schools and playing football for the Titans.

Cannon’s numbers on the field were remarkable. He was a four-year starter with the Cardinals who got better ever year as the trigger man of Landrum’s spread offense. Over his final two seasons, Cannon accounted for more than 5,000 yards from scrimmage and 57 touchdowns.

But some key stats off the field have left Cannon and the Titans as good options for one another.

“I honestly think that if I were three inches taller and had my grades, then I would be going to N.C. State or a school like that,” Cannon said frankly. “I committed to the Titans (in late January), so I’m going to go to Greenville Tech for two years and get my grades up and then I’m hoping I can go to Appalachian State or some place like that as a preferred walk-on or maybe with a scholarship.”

Several NCAA Football Championship Subdivision schools were taking a close look at Cannon but backed away when they found out he would be academically ineligible as a freshman.

Overcoming his 5-foot-8 height to get their attention had been an accomplishment, but they couldn’t overlook the classroom.

Cannon explained that he was put into college preparatory courses as a junior, but struggled with those rigid requirements. After falling behind, he was moved into other classes to ensure that he would graduate on time.

It also ensured that college football at the four-year level would have to wait.

There are very few junior-college football programs to choose from in the Southeast, so Cannon was considering prep school at Gray Military Academy in Columbia and the Titans.

“A lot of coaches said they liked my skill set, but they didn’t know if I would get a chance to play because of my height,” Cannon said, adding that he feels he will get a chance with the Titans, whether it be at quarterback, as a slot receiver or as a running back.

“I think I can play at tailback or in the slot at receiver and help somebody around here.” GD