Cannon Smith was part of the 2014 recruiting class, committing to the Tigers back in July of 2012. He is the son of Bill Smith, a former Tiger DE who was on the 1981 national title team and who currently sits on the Board of Trustees.
With Danny Pearman being the lead recruiter for his services, Smith came from Hammond High School in Columbia, SC and was a 4-star prospect per the 247 Composite Rankings. ESPN ranked him as the 3rd best blocking TE, with Scout having him as the 7th best overall TE in the nation. He appeared in 58 games (1 start) during his career, which ties him with Christian Wilkins for the most in school history.
The Clemson offense thrives when it has the type of TE that can stretch defenses vertically, and while Cannon was not that guy, he still found ways to contribute.
Smith redshirted in 2014, but over the next four seasons developed into a mainstay on special teams and someone who was brought in for certain short yardage packages. He did not put up the eye popping type of numbers as a pass catcher, but was a willing and capable blocker.
Every team has its role players, and Smith found his role on this team throughout the years and performed quite well in it. He also had the honor of being on the receiving end of Hunter Johnson’s first career TD pass.
His role might not be the type of role that always gets one noticed by the fans, but it is a role that gets one noticed by scouts. The Oakland Raiders noticed, as they signed Smith as an undrafted free agent after the draft concluded, meaning he will join the three other Tigers the Raiders selected in the draft.
Smith leaves Clemson having helped this team to 4 consecutive ACC Championships, 4 consecutive CFP appearances, and 2 national titles in the past 3 years. He leaves knowing he was part of the most successful stretch of Tiger football in history.
We look forward to watching Cannon and seeing what he can do in mini camp. Hopefully he can secure a spot on the Raiders roster or practice squad. Whatever the future holds for this young man, we here at STS wish him all the best, and thank him for giving so much to this football program over the last five years.