Eying a deep postseason run in 2011, Briarwood Christian (Birmingham, Ala.) junior Canon Smith will resume his duties on both sides of the line this fall. The 6-foot-4 and 240-pound Smith started at tight end and defensive end as a junior, and is fine-tuning his skills at both spots this spring.
"We actually started spring ball later this year and later tham most people do," said Smith. "We are looking to win a state title so we are all pushing it pretty hard. I just want to be a good leader and watch out for my teammates this year.
"It's been fun playing on both sides and I really enjoy it. I have my duties on defense, know what to expect there and just try to make things happen and react. On offense, it is all about lining up right and making plays."
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Smith took several unofficial visits this spring and also enjoyed a solid start to his camps and combines tour, earning MVP honors among tight ends in April via the Rivals.com VTO event. And a few schools have started to take notice.
"I have an offer from South Alabama," Smith said. "And Mississippi State and UAB are showing me good interest. There are others that are wanting to see me play this spring and summer and see how I perform. Last week, Tulane, Kentucky, Mississippi State, Ole Miss and South Alabama came by. Then Coach (Geoff) Collins of Mississippi State said he was also going to stop by and he will be their second coach to see me this spring. Mississippi State said they like how I am a big target that can flex out and they want to see how I have improved from last year. They also want to see me at defensive end and see how that goes.
"This summer, I know I am going to camps at Mississippi State and South Alabama, for sure. I hae been invited to a whole bunch of schools and I am going to try to make as many as possible. I just have to see which ones I can make."
Early on with his recruitment, Smith noted he is still fond of the Bulldogs and said they were among his favorites.
"I like Mississippi State and they are definitely in my top three and probably my top two," said Smith. "They have been recruiting me the longest and I know their coaches better than anyone else. But my lone offer right now is South Alabama so they are at the top. I just have to see how it goes and circumstances can change."