RECRUITING: It's Decision Time For Cunningham

Now that four-star (by defensive end Jermaine Cunningham has spent a weekend on the University of Florida campus, it's time to start thinking seriously about where he's going to go to school next year. The ultra-quick 6-4, 210-pounder from Stone Mountain (GA) Stephenson, who loves terrorizing quarterbacks, has three schools in the final mix.

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The visit to Gainesville was the third and final official visit that Cunningham will be taking. Now he will spend time thinking and talking things over with his parents and coaches before announcing his choice.

"I will probably make a decision by the end of the month, before January," he said. "Florida is about even with Auburn and Tennessee right now. I want to sit down with my parents and see where we are at."

The visit to Florida was a positive for Cunningham and his parents. He got to spend a lot of time with coaches and both he and his parents came away impressed with the visit to Gainesville.

"The visit went pretty good," Cunningham told Gator Country after he returned home Sunday afternoon. "I liked hanging around the players and talks I had with the coaches. They talked about the defenses they planned on running, the schemes, the facilities, and academics. They talked about things they were adding in the next couple of years. I didn't watch much film. I just saw a highlight tape."

Cunningham, who had 25 sacks in Stephenson's impressive season that ended in the state semifinals with a loss to eventual state champion Lowndes County, was hosted by a follow Georgian, Brian Crum.

"Brian Crum was my host and we hung around Brandon Siler," Cunningham said. "We went to Brandon's house and played cards. We hung out and talked a bit."

He certainly felt that Florida had an opportunity for him on and off the field to be successful.

"I felt pretty good about them," he said. "They had a lot to offer for the next couple of years."

Cunningham said that his parents enjoyed their stay in Gainesville and they came away from the visit with a strong impression.

"My parents thought that the Gators had a lot to offer and they had a good time down there," he said.

Jermaine Cunningham is that sack machine pass rusher that every team wants at defensive end, the kind that is always in the opponent's backfield causing trouble. If Florida can land his signature on scholarship papers on signing day, the Gators would have one of the better defensive line classes in the nation.

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