Buffs Hold Slight Lead for Big O-Tackle

The CU staff is scouring the nation in every region to find some offensive tackles as it is a major need position. It has been said that the staff wants to take at least six offensive lineman this cycle. They will most likely take at least three offensive tackles. Devan Cunningham from Grant HS in Sacramento is one of the primary targets at tackle. He was ready to commit to the Buffs but now another school's offer has complicated the situation.

Height: 6-5 3/4
Weight: 310
40 time: 5.55
Bench: 295
From: Sacramento, California
High School: Grant

Some tout Devan Cunningham as the top offensive lineman in Northern California. As a junior, he was a first team all-league, second team all-city and Wendy's High School Heisman nominee. Said Heisman nominees receive this accolade for notice of athletic and academic achievement, as well as citizenship.

The big man has received written offers from Colorado (first offer), New Mexico, and most recently, Cal. He has verbal offers from BYU and Washington State.

It is no secret that the new Colorado staff will be depending heavily on California to populate future team rosters. They are already using their California connections to a recruiting advantage in cases like Cunningham. The offensive tackle prospect hails from the same school that was attended by CU recruiting coordinator, Robert Tucker. That has proven to be a strong asset thus far in his recruitment.

"Right now I would say I am slightly favoring Colorado," he explained. "It is because I am most familiar with their coaches and I know more about them. Coach Tucker graduated from here and played here so our coaches know him well."

Cunningham is so fond of the Buffs that up until recently, he was ready to commit to play at Colorado. "I talked to the coaches in the beginning of the process and told them that I really wanted to go there. They told me that if I wanted to commit, I needed to make sure that I was one-hundred percent. I needed to check out some more things before I could make that commitment. Then Cal offered. So now things are different.

"Before Colorado came into the picture, I always wanted to go to Cal."

He speaks of the pluses and minuses between Cal and Colorado. "Cal is closer to home and they have a couple of former players from Grant on the roster that I know. Colorado is further away and if I went there I could start my own bio as far as being the only Grant player there. I really like the coaches at Colorado. I think Colorado also needs offensive tackles more. They are a prestigious school with strong academics."

Cunningham's friends and families are also torn between the Bears and Buffs. "My mom would be happy with me going to either school. Some of my friends are telling me to go to Colorado, and some are saying to go to Cal. It is really 50/50 right now with all of them."

He says that Colorado is recruiting the hardest. "They are showing me the most love right now. They were the first school to offer and have really stayed on me."

Other schools he is giving strong consideration to are BYU and Notre Dame. "BYU is probably third on my list and Notre Dame is coming by the school on Tuesday. They tell me I am one of the top three offensive lineman they are looking at on the west coast. Coach (Chris) Strausser from Colorado is also coming by the school on Tuesday."

Cunningham has not set a time for a decision. "I was going to finish it and commit to Colorado but then Cal came into the picture so everything is up in the air now. I will probably take a couple of visits in the fall before deciding."

He will not take any unofficial visits this summer or attend any camps or combines.

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