January 28, 2009
More offers arrive for 2010 standout
It was only a year ago that Bamberg (S.C.) Bamberg-Ehrhardt was celebrating defensive end Daquan Bowers and his highly-touted high school career and impending success at Clemson University. Only one year removed, the same program is blessed with another talented lineman whose stock is just now starting to climb.
A.J. Cann a 6-foot-3 260-pound two-way lineman picked up his first offer only a few days ago from South Carolina. Since then, Clemson has entered the fray and on Wednesday a couple of out of state programs extended him a scholarship offer.
"Today, coach told me I had an offer from Oklahoma and Georgia Tech," Cann said on Wednesday night. "South Carolina was my first offer about a week ago. Clemson offered me earlier this week and Georgia Tech and Oklahoma offered me today. Alabama is supposed to be coming this week too."
Though the attention is fairly new to Cann, he should get used to it.
"I was pretty excited [about the new offers] but I didn't expect it to come so fast though," he said.
This weekend, Cann will be at Georgia for its junior day and if things go well could walk away with yet another offer to add to his list.
"I'm supposed to go up to Georgia this weekend and my coach told me that they're coming pretty hard too so there might be something from them coming up if everything goes well at the Junior Day.
"I'm supposed to go to the South Carolina Junior day as well on the 27th of February. There's several Junior Days on the 27th so I'm just going to the one closest to me."
As for the new offer, Cann has liked what he has seen from Oklahoma.
"I looked them up one time and I like the way they play," he said. "They're a hard-working team. I like hard working teams and people that work hard."
As a two-way standout, most schools are looking at Cann as an offensive lineman, primarily a center. Oklahoma however, sees him on defense.
"Most schools I got offers from now are for offensive line but Oklahoma, they offered me as defensive line," he said. "The defensive line coach and the offensive line coaches from all the schools that have offered me are interested so as long as I get to play on the next level, I don't care where I play."
Though his initial offer from South Carolina caught his eye, Cann did not necessarily grow up a Gamecock fan. In fact, he didn't really grow up a fan of anybody.
"I just like the game of football," he said. "If I saw a game on TV, I was going to watch it."
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