We spent the better part of the last week-plus updating you folks on senior commits as the National Letter of Intent Fall Early Signing Week came and went.
Then, on Thursday, the day after the eight-day window for seniors to sign with Division I and Division II college programs ended, came news that one of the nation’s top sophomores made his choice.
Brian Cannon of Northport High School gave a verbal commitment to the University of North Carolina, as we told you yesterday on our “Updated recruiting review and commitment rundown.”
The 5-foot-8, 150-pound Cannon, a standout left-handed attackman, is adept at both finishing and feeding.
Though he’s only in the 10th grade, it’s been a long road to get to this point. He reveals in his LaxLessons.com player profile that he got his first lacrosse stick at age 2.
What were the main factors in your decision?
UNC has always been one of my top choices in colleges since I was young. I am a big fan of Nicky Galasso and have followed Billy Bitter’s career. The facilities at UNC are top-notch. I don’t think it gets much better than what they offer.
Coaches (Joe) Breschi, (Pat) Myers, (Brian) Holman and (Chris) Feifs made my decision even easier. They made me feel like family and I just clicked with all of them. Coach Breschi is really funny and easy to talk to.
The players I met were great, especially (freshman attackman) Joey Sankey (out of Penn Charter High School), and they had a lot of nice things to say about the coaching staff and UNC in general.
What other schools were you considering and what schools did you visit?
Duke, Michigan, Maryland and Princeton. I visited Duke and Michigan and thought both schools were great. I was also privileged to meet Coaches Caputo (Duke assistant Ron Caputo) and Paul (Michigan head coach John Paul), two of the nicest, most respectful coaches I have ever met.
What are your strengths as a player and how would you describe your style of play?
Dodging, I see the field really well and I can shoot. My style of play is that I like to play fast.
What other players have been influences on you?
My older brother, Jeff, a senior, is most likely going to Georgia Tech and will play on their lacrosse team. One of my best friends, who is like a brother to me, (Chaminade High School standout) Greg Rhodes will be playing at Duke and I am really looking forward to going to college near him as well as playing against him.
When did you first realize you had the potential to play at the college level?
By the time I was in seventh grade, coaches told me I had it in me to play at a college level. I always strive to do better and I still have a lot to prove to myself. I want to do Carolina proud and that means to continue practicing harder and keep my grades up. I love the game and am 100 percent committed to my current teams and my future one.
What were some of the big summer showcase events you’ve competed in the last couple of years and how id you do at them?
Last summer I played in the Suffolk County Showcase and went to Jake Reed’s Nike Blue Chip Camp. I did really well at both of those, which earned me a nice ranking in Inside Lacrosse Magazine’s Top 20 Young Gun Sophomore Watch List. I also did several tournaments over the summer with the LI Outlaws, recently participated in the Maryland Cup and Rutgers tournament and will be at Shoreham-Wading River playing with Northport High School varsity boys lacrosse this weekend.
For more info on Brian, check out his player profile by clicking here.
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