'Cuse Starting Strong with Cunningham Jr.

A familiar name has emerged as a target for Syracuse's 2014 class. Randall Cunningham Jr. of Bishop Gorman High (NV) was offered by the Orange recently. He discusses the offer and a previous relationship with a member of the new staff that could give Syracuse a leg up inside.

The quarterback position will be a focus for Syracuse in their 2014 class as they look to add athletic talent to the position. The most recent quarterback prospect to receive an offer is Las Vegas (NV) Bishop Gorman High product Randall Cunningham Jr.

"I got a message from Coach (DeAndre) Smith," Cunningham Jr. recalled. "I called him and he told me they wanted me to come be their quarterback and lead their team. I was really excited about that."

The talented quarterback and the new Syracuse running backs coach have a strong relationship. Smith's son played high school football with Cunningham Jr. That relationship gives the Orange an edge in his recruitment.

"We have a great relationship," Cunningham Jr. admitted. "I'm very comfortable with him. Every time he comes out to Vegas, he and his wife come and talk to my parents. They come over and we just hang out.

"Yes we've talked about a visit. Sometime when I'm not busy with football or track I'll try to get up there. No set date but I'm very interested (in visiting). That boosts my interest (in Syracuse) because I know and trust somebody there. What he tells me I know I can believe."

Cunningham Jr.'s recruitment has started to pick up in recent weeks. He is now up to four offers, with some other programs showing strong interest as well.

"I have Baylor, Mississippi State, and UNLV besides Syracuse," the 6-foot-4.5 quarterback stated. "I'm also hearing from Colorado State, Arizona State, Mississippi, and LSU."

Last season, the Bishop Gorman standout played behind four-star quarterback Anu Solomon. Despite that, he was able to rush for seven touchdowns in limited action. Now, he is ready to take the reigns as the team's leader.

"I'm just really excited to be able to lead the team," Cunningham Jr. said. "To try to take them to another state championship and even a national championship. Just get everybody on the same page and get everybody ready for the season."

Cunningham Jr. has the benefit of learning from someone who has gone through the process and played at the highest level. Randall Cunningham, former NFL pro-bowler, is helping his son with solid advice.

"He has just tried to keep me calm," Cunningham Jr. explained. "Just not to get too excited yet. He gives me words of wisdom. He tells me to keep on trusting God and keep up with my school work."

With more and more options coming in, Cunningham Jr. already knows what he is looking for in a school.

"Just how comfortable I am with the coaching staff and the program," Cunningham Jr. outlined. "The surrounding area and how far away it is from my family. Most of the schools that are recruiting me are far away right now."

Cunningham Jr. added that he does not expect to decide before his senior season.

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