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The Latest from Cunningham

A number of schools have taken interest in 2014 Chandler (Ariz.) Hamilton defensive end, Qualen Cunningham. Which programs are standing out to him?

2014 Chandler (Ariz.) Hamilton defensive end, Qualen Cunningham, finished his junior football season exactly as he and his squad had hoped.

"I'm proud of the season," Cunningham tells FOX Sports NEXT. "We started off kind of slow, but then we formed together as a team and there's nothing else you can ask for. We came out with the State Championship and that was our goal at the beginning of the year, so I'm happy we got that."

Personally, Cunningham pinpoints the factors that make his game special.

"I use my hands, my speed, and my quickness against my opponent," he describes. "I get to the quarterback."

A number of schools have taken notice in the 6-foot-3, 230-pound athlete's aforementioned skills, nine to be specific. Arizona, Arizona State, Boise State, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Oregon State, Texas A&M, USC, and Washington have all extended scholarship offers to Cunningham.

Several of those schools are standing out to the junior, though he believes he's still in the early stages of the recruiting process.

"Truthfully, I really like a couple of the schools, but I want to take my visits, because that's how I feel like I'm going to know how I actually feel and where I want to go," he explains. "I want to see how I feel walking around the school, I want to see what each school has to offer, the education of course, and I want to see where I'm going to be the most comfortable at."

Which schools is the recruit leaning towards early on?

"As you already know, Texas A&M, they've shown me the most love out of anybody," Cunningham shares. "It's my dad's alma mater, so I'm going to have to check them out. Washington is also up there, and USC and Oklahoma could definitely be possibilities as well."

With his father on their side, the Aggies will likely host Cunningham for a visit in College Station.

"I'm sure I'll take a visit to Texas A&M," he says. "My dad has always wanted to take me down there, since I was young, so that might be our first one. I'm not sure, but besides that, there's nothing set in stone."

When it comes to his ideal school, the student who reports a 3.3 GPA, knows what he's looking for.

"They have to have great weather," he states. "I want to be comfortable at my school and have a great relationship with my teammates and my coaches, and I want to get a great education."