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Pro football or not, Kilgore product Vince Cano has a plan for the future

By Hayden Henry
March 26, 2014 at 10 p.m.


Vince Cano's future is one full of possibilities.

A 2009 Kilgore High School standout, Cano capped a four-year career at Louisiana Tech with a diploma this past fall, giving him one possibility.

Vince Cano's future is one full of possibilities.

A 2009 Kilgore High School standout, Cano capped a four-year career at Louisiana Tech with a diploma this past fall, giving him one possibility.

"I know that I want to go to law school and become an attorney, get into politics and run a political campaign," Cano said. "Those are all things I want to do."

Today, Cano - the starting center for the Bulldogs during his senior season - will look to advance the possibility of continuing his sports career as he showcases his skills at Louisiana Tech's Pro Day. He will then participate in the NFL Super Region Combine in Detroit on April 11-12.

"It was huge to get my degree. Everyone knows that you aren't going to get to play sports for the rest of your life," Cano said Wednesday on his way to a workout. "If that end doesn't work out, I'll use my degree to get to where I want to be."

Standing 6-1 and tipping the scales at 305 pounds, Cano has the build of the prototypical lineman.

The 2011 "Mr. Louisiana Tech" apparently has the footwork to go along with his stature.

"I was sitting in class one day and "Ms. Louisiana Tech" came through and said she was setting up the first "Mr. Louisiana Tech" competition and I said, 'Hey, I'll do that," Cano, a three-year letterman at Kilgore, said. "My talent for the show was a tap dance.

"It was pretty ridiculous but it was pretty awesome, too."

In the recent months since receiving his diploma, Cano said he's spent his time building on his skills both on and off the field.

"I've been working on getting better all around, not only getting faster and stronger, but just becoming a better athlete," Cano said. "I've been meeting with coaches and really becoming a student of the game even more than I have been the whole time."

Cano was a two-time All-East Texas selection in high school, leading the Bulldogs to back-to-back district titles in 2007 and 2008 as an offensive and defensive lineman - two spots he was able to compete at for the Bulldogs of Louisiana Tech. He started on the defensive front as a junior in Ruston.

"I think it gave me a bigger perspective on what a defensive lineman is looking at across the ball," Cano said of playing both positions. "It made me more aware of the looks I was giving the defensive lineman as a center. It really helped me a lot."

It was quick for Cano to pinpoint his favorite part of his collegiate career.

"It's really been the comradery of it all," he said. "Since I've been here, I've been around guys from all over the place. Just the chance to meet new people, gain new and different perspectives on life from different backgrounds has been one of the coolest things."

While he said that today is the pinnacle of his football career, the possibilities for Cano and his future have no peak.

"This is where you either make it on the field or you don't," Cano said. "If you don't, then you have your education and the rest of your life to go on with. It's the dream to make it and it's just crazy that it's already here."

For the tap-dancing center with aspirations of a law and political career, it seems anything is possible for Cano.

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