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A reliable and steady playmaker who quickly earned two-deep inclusion prior to his first active campaign in the Pirates' program ... Finished spring practice as the top backup behind two-year starter Andrew Bodenheimer at the "Z" position - one of two outside receiver slots in ECU's spread scheme ... Could also make valuable contributions as a potential top-tier special teams performer ... Opened scrimmage play with a pair of catches for 10 yards on March 31 before leading all receivers with 24 yards on two receptions the following week ... Had a spring-best three catches for 15 yards during the Purple-Gold Game (April 14).
2011: Redshirted during initial season in the ECU program and offered strong contributions to the scout team ... Officially signed with the Pirates in February.
High School: A two-time Class AAA all-region and Daily Journal/Daily Messenger All-Mountain Lakes honoree ... Won a trio of regional championships with the Lions and enjoyed two state semifinal appearances ... Recorded 40 receptions, totaling 730 yards and 15 touchdowns as a senior ... Member of the 2010 High School Sports Report Class AAA All-State squad at wide receiver ... Selected to play for the North squad in the South Carolina Automobile Dealers Association North-South All-Star Game following final season ... Named to the SCVarsity.com All-State Second Team and Anderson Independent Mail All-Area unit at the end of 2010 ... Helped Lions to a 7-5 mark during final campaign ... Scored the game-winning touchdown with 1:35 remaining in a 14-7 victory over Pickens ... Tallied 47 catches for 734 yards and three touchdowns as a junior ... Helped team to a 13-1 record and the Class AAA South Carolina Upper State title game, falling 35-28 to Clinton, during junior year ... Made three receptions for 42 yards in Upper State championship contest ... Lions advanced to Upper State title contest as a sophomore (13-1 record) ... Played for head coach Randy Robinson ... Has been timed at 4.6 seconds in the 40-yard dash ... Also played basketball and excelled on the perimeter for Daniel, averaging nearly 14 points and fi ve assists while guiding the Lions to the South Carolina Upper State Championship as a junior ... An all-conference and all-state basketball selection following junior campaign ... Rated as the 28th-best prospect in the state of South Carolina according to scout.com ... Listed by ESPN.com among the top 210 top wide receivers in the country.
Personal: Full name is Antonio Jacquinn Cannon ... Son of Melissa Cannon ... Major is communications.