Cane QB commit talks about the 'eye test'

Cannon Smith

See what Hurricanes QB commit Cannon Smith had to say about what it takes to be a college quarterback.

The 2007 season in college football saw the emergence of two less than prototypical quarterbacks in Missouri's 6-foot-0 225 pound Chase Daniel and Kansas' 5-foot-10, 200 pound Todd Reesing. Both players have risen to the top of collegiate football while having less than desirable measurables.

Current Hurricane commit, Hargraves's Cannon Smith, listed at 6-foot-1, 175 pounds believes that those players are showing the world that size doesn't matter.

"It is great, because it is just shows you that people passing the eye test isn't everything," Smith said. "If you can play and make plays, you can do it at six foot or six-foot-six, it doesn't matter. Those two guys showed people you can be successful without being the prototypical 6-foot-4 quarterback."

Smith can relate, because he has heard the knocks all of his life.

"I've had to hear it all of my life. And I've learned that there is a lot more to being a quarterback then passing an eye test."

Smith will enroll with the University of Miami in the spring. Today, he received a visit from Hurricanes offensive coordinator Patrick Nix.

"Coach Nix was at my house yesterday and I met Coach Pannuzzio earlier in the week," Smith said. "They just talked about me coming down there and competing."

Speaking of competition, the Hurricanes are also recruiting two other quarterbacks. Jacory Harris of Miami Northwestern and Taylor Cook of Rice HS (TX) will join Smith as well as red shirt freshman Robert Marve as the potential starters. The level of competition and numbers he'll be competing against doesn't faze him though.

"I feel fine about (the competition)," Smith said. "The best guy will play and the guy who can run the offense and put us in a position to win will start. The best part is there will be competition everywhere, and it is great."

"I'm excited to get down there with all of the guys and learning the system," Smith continued.

Smith feels as though his time at Hargrave Military Academy has been beneficial to his preparation to play division 1 football.

"I feel like I played well," Smith said. "It is different. We had a lot of great players up there. The most beneficial thing was the speed I went against in practice and in games." Smith played with several highly touted wide receivers. Of them were LSU commit Deangelo Benton, Dwight Jones of North Carolina and Andrew Harris a slot wide receiver who is committed to West Virginia.

"I played along good wide receivers," Smith said. "And it went well. I played well. We did a lot of different things. Sometimes we spread out a few games and passed and sometimes more of a pro style."

"I'm done. I've been down to (the University of Miami) a few times and next time I'll be there is in January."

Hargrave finished the year, according to Smith at 7-3-1. "It was a very good experience. It is real different then high school. You are not playing for championship or anything. Overall, I think my experience went well."

Smith's last visit to the Miami was back in August when he took an unofficial visit.

"I loved it. I liked all of the guys and liked the bond the team had. I could really see myself fitting in there."

Smith really enjoyed the campus and student life. "I thought campus was great, it was real nice. I thought it had a real cool layout and a laid back atmosphere which I like."

Smith has no more visits arranged for any other school. According to Smith he is "just working out and getting ready for the spring."

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