On Wednesday, Scottsdale CC tight end Salvatore Cannella finally got the opportunity he missed in high school, committing to and signing with the Auburn Tigers over the Texas Longhorns on the first day of the signing period for junior college prospects.
The 6’6, 230-pounder was a full qualifier out of a private high school in the Chicago area, but ended up in Arizona due to a lack of interest. He’s only spent one year playing junior college football, but will be able to transfer as a member of the 2017 recruiting class.
In fact, he’ll be able to enroll in January at Auburn with four years to use his three seasons of eligibility.
Cannella chose Auburn over Texas and Maryland after taking official visits to all three schools in recent weeks. The Tigers hosted Cannella for three days last week before the versatile tight end made his way to Austin for his official visit on Saturday.
Days later, he’s made his decision, and new Longhorns head coach Tom Herman now will have to continue pursuing the second pledge of his tenure.
Cannella is considered a consensus three-star prospect ranked as the No. 22 junior college prospect nationally and the No. 2 junior college tight end, according to the 247Sports Composite rankings.
A hybrid tight end and wide receiver, Cannella caught 29 passes for 443 yards and seven touchdowns as a freshman at Scottsdale CC.