6-2 1/2, 260-pound A.J. Cann , a standout junior out of Bamberg-Ehrhardt High School (S.C.), has earned scholarship offers from top programs throughout the country. While he is being recruited to play on the interior offensive line by just about every school recruiting him, he has displayed ability on offense and defense as a two-year starter on the varsity level.
On offense, he graded out at 92 percent and totaled 40 pancake blocks last season as a junior. Defensively, he totaled 64 tackles including 22 tackles for loss and 14 sacks.
“A.J. is blessed at being able to play well on both sides of the football,” Bamberg-Ehrhardt head coach Kevin Crosby said. “He plays well on defense but is one heck of an offensive lineman. He is just a great kid all around. He is the leader of our team. He sticks and stays on blocks. He has good hands, long arms and great feet. He is physical. He is getting stronger and benching real well. He also runs track for us. He is a versatile kid and that makes him special. It is the reason why he has been recruited the way he has.”
Coach Crosby believes his standout has potential at several offensive line positions on the next level.
“I think he could be a center or guard,” Crosby said. “I think he’d make a heck of a center, but I also think he could play guard. He is very good inside. I’ve coached defensive line here for seven years. I’ve coached players like [Clemson junior defensive end] Ricky Sapp and [Clemson freshman defensive end] Da’Quan Bowers. To me, A.J. is a Sapp or Bowers on the offensive side. He is probably only about a 4.8-second guy in the 40, but his footwork is unbelievable. We pull him and make him our lead blocker. He has such quick feet.”
A long list of Division 1A programs have offered Cann, who recently was able to select a top seven. Crosby believes there is a good possibility that his standout stays relatively close to home. Judging by the locations of the seven schools Cann lists as his favorites, Coach Crosby’s prediction appears likely to come true
“I’ve got it down to about seven schools I like mostly,” said Cann, who hasn’t totally ruled out other programs. “They are North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia Tech, N.C. State, Virginia Tech, Tennessee and Alabama.”
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