Lassiter player selected as grant recipient
by Carlton D. White
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April 18, 2013 12:41 AM | 1806 views | 0 0 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Derion Cannon, a reserve running back for Lassiter’s football team was recently given a National Athleadership Grant from National Collegiate Scouting Association Athletic Recruiting and the NFL Players Association.

According to a release, the grant is “awarded to student-athletes who qualify based on leadership in their community, academic achievement, athletics and a required essay written by the student-athlete.”

A 5-foot-5, 180-pound junior, Cannon was used sparingly last fall, carrying the ball eight times for 4 yards in two games. Heading into the 2013 season, Cannon will be one of two senior running backs returning for the Trojans and has been a member of the varsity program since his sophomore season.

“He’s been a great kid for us,” Lassiter coach Jep Irwin said. “This is his senior year coming up, and he’s been a hard worker ever since he joined the program. He’s a good teammate who is respected by his peers and who exemplifies the characteristics described in this award.

“On the field, he does several things well for us, and our running backs have to be involved in a lot of things like running, blocking and catching out of the back field. He’s in the rotation, and he’s done a good job for us when he’s in the game and certainly during practice.”

According to the release, NCSA Athletic Recruiting will work with Cannon and his family in finding a college that will best suit his needs.

“Our passionate team of 300 former athletes will personally guide and educate Derion throughout the entire recruiting process, giving him the tools that he needs to be successful in recruiting and in life,” said Chris Krause, CEO and founder of NCSA Athletic Recruiting, in the release.

“Picking the right college is a life-changing decision. It’s important for student-athletes to recognize that the choice of a college or university is not just a four-year decision. It is a 40-year decision that will impact their professional future and personal success in life.”
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