At Bamberg-Ehrhardt (S.C.), Ivan Cann isn't one of the more well-known names on the roster, and there's a good reason for that.
He wasn't even a starter in 2010.
"I don't have much film from last season," Cann said. "I played behind Zepheniah Grimes. He's at Illinois now. He was our starter."
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Even with Grimes on the team, Cann saw action in every game last season at linebacker. However, with Grimes gone, the 6-feet 3, 210-pound Cann now is at long last in a starting role. A long-and-lean outside backer, he played well in his team's 35-7 Week-1 win over Orangeburg (S.C.) Wilkinson last Friday, making several tackles and covering a lot of ground in the process.
"I think I played well," Cann said. "Real well. But I've got to get better every week."
Cann's coaches at Bamberg-Ehrhardt think he is D-I material. Thus far, his lone offer is from FCS program South Carolina State, but he is hearing from Clemson, Georgia Southern, Miami (Ohio), N.C. State and Vanderbilt , they said. According to Red Raiders head coach Kevin Crosby, North Carolina State seems most interested among that group.
Cann, though, thinks his best bet for offer No. 2 might be a certain in-state program - one that already has a commitment from his Bamberg-Ehrhardt teammate, defensive end Martin Aiken.
"I'm really hoping it's Clemson," Cann said. "I think it's going to be. We communicate a lot - me and [Tigers defensive coordinator Kevin Steele]. They're showing a lot of interest in me. I think there's a real good chance."
At least for now, most schools appear to be in wait-and-see mode.
"They all," Cann said, "want to see more film."