"I really liked and bought into Coach Franklin's vision for the program," said Cunningham. "I wanted to be a part of it. It's always been a dream of mine to play in he SEC. I get to do that and receive a great education. You get the best of both worlds at Vanderbilt.
"When I was on my official visit I met with Coach Pry, I loved him a lot. He told me he likes my footwork, how fast I am, and how quickly I can get into the backfield. I'm going to start out at outside linebacker but Coach Pry said I'd probably move to inside linebacker in my junior or senior season."
At Pinson Valley, Cunningham was a three-year starter and served as a senior captain for the Indians. He was named Alabama Class 5A All-State for the second straight season and 5A Lineman of the Year by the Birmingham News.
"It was a good year," he said. "We made it to the second round. I had 194 tackles, 12 sacks, one interception for a touchdown, and 41 or 42 tackles for loss. I also had four blocked punts on special teams"
On National Signing Day, Cunningham had an afternoon ceremony at his school after faxing his letter on intent at in the early morning. He was with his mother and father and two younger brothers at the event.
"It all went by too quick," Cunningham said on the recruiting process. "It feels great to be a Commodore. It's time to get ready and really push myself now so I can make a difference at the next level. I'm planning on being on campus in June."
Cunningham had previously played basketball and track, but said he was probably just going to focus on off-season workouts this spring. After the season, he was selected for and played in the Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl.
Cunningham makes his pick!