The Mississippi State Bulldogs have been recruiting hard and that work paid off this week as Mike Leach added a building block to his recruiting class of 2022.
By Steve Wright
Jackson Cannon – out of Ola (McDonough, GA.) High School – is a relatively unknown prospect, but one that the Bulldogs seem very excited to have a commitment from. Cannon is so unknown that he has no rating yet on either 247Sports or Rivals, so it will be interesting to see where he ends up when the recruiting services next update their information.
Cannon certainly has the measurable to be an offensive lineman at a Power 5 school. Cannon is listed at 247Sports as being 6-foot-5 and just a tick under 300 pounds and the site has him listed as an offensive tackle. It will be interesting to see if he stays in that position with the Bulldogs or shifts inside to guard. One aspect of the Leach Air-Raid system is that the blocking assignments and spacing on the offensive line tend to be different from what you see in other offenses, so a player like Cannon who may not fit every scheme could be a big-time player for Mississippi State down the road.
In this video (below) from Cannon’s junior year, you can see the offensive lineman putting in work. The first play shows the athletic ability of the big man as he is able to pull from his position at left tackle and get in front of his running back to lay the key block that springs him through the hole. The footwork on this play is impressive.
Cannon loves to finish a block and his ability to put a body on smaller and more agile players in the defensive backfield is the type of talent that turns 10-yard runs into 80-yard touchdowns.