Top DE in Athens for Junior Day

<b>Jermaine Cunningham</b> could be the next elite Defensive End from the Peach state. The 6'4 and 220 pound Cunningham racked up big numbers in his junior season, and looking to dominate this fall. He's been undecided in this early part of the recruiting year. Would an unofficial visit to Athens on Junior Day change Cunningham's mind?

"I had a great trip to Athens but I haven't changed my mind," said Jermaine Cunningham. "My top seven are still Auburn, Oklahoma, Georgia, Georgia Tech, Michigan, Florida, and USC." 

What did Cunningham take with him from Junior Day at Georgia?

"My family and I had a conversation with Coach Richt for about 15 minutes. I also talked to coach Garner and a few other coaches on the staff. We talked about football and academics mainly. Georgia's Business School is one of the best in the country." 

For Cunningham, a native of New York, location won't play a role in his final decision.

"I'll go up North or out West. Location won't be an issue. Academics will also factor in my final decision. I'm looking for a school which is the best fit for me." 

Cunningham has received a number of early offers from some top programs. He plans to use all 5 of his official visits.

"So far I've received scholarship offers from Oklahoma, Georgia, LSU, Clemson, Kentucky, and Ole Miss. Right now I'm planning to officially visit Auburn, Oklahoma, Michigan, Florida, and LSU."

It's not by coincidence Cunningham has received attention this early. Last fall he helped lead Stephenson to a second round playoff appearance while posting tremendous numbers. 

"Last year I had 115 tackles (27 for a loss), 13 sacks, 2 blocked punts, 3 forced fumbles, and 2 fumble recoveries." 

Cunningham has two main goals for the upcoming season.

"First and foremost I want our team to win the state title. My personal goal is to lead the nation in sacks."

Cunningham also excels on the track. Unlike some linemen who compete in track, Cunningham's abilities aren't restricted to the shot put and discus throws. Cunningham has a rare combination of size and athletic ability.

"My two events are the 400 meters and Triple jump. I've split 49 seconds on a relay leg before, and would like to run 49 seconds for the open 400. My best triple jump is a little over 44 feet. If I can get up to 46 or 47 feet, I'll have a good shot at qualifying for state."

Cunningham and his talented Stephenson team are poised for a State Title run this year. He has shown exceptional athletic ability in multiple sports. Which school will this Elite player sign with? Stay tuned to Scout.com to find out.

#49 DE Jermaine Cunningham



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