Jacksonville TE discusses Louisville offer

Jacksonville (Fla.) Atlantic Coast tight end Chris Cunningham is expected to see his scholarship offer count continue to climb during the coming months. Louisville assistant Kolby Smith spoke with Cunningham last week to express the program's interest. Cardinal Authority has the latest on the Sunshine State prospect.

An All-Gateway Conference and All-Coast selection as a junior, Jacksonville (Fla.) Atlantic Coast tight end Chris Cunningham is becoming a popular target for college coaches.

With interest in the 6-foot-3, 225-pound prospect rapidly growing and with two scholarships already in hand, last week Louisville became the first from a power 5 conference to do so.

"I was excited about it," Cunningham told Cardinal Authority.

The Cardinals coaching staff liked what they saw of Cunningham on video so much that they didn't hesitate in expressing their interest.

He spoke briefly about the offer with running backs coach Kolby Smith on Friday.

"He said that I'm passionate and physical," he said. "I guess they saw my video and they liked it."

With the exception of the Cardinals on the field success, Cunningham admits to not knowing much about the Louisville program.

"I don't very much, so I need to take a visit this summer to check it out," he said, adding, that "overall they are pretty good and win a lot of games."

UNC-Charlotte was the first to offer Cunningham, followed by Temple.

"I was surprised, because I didn't really know about them," he said of the 49er's. "I got a little more excited when I started learning things about them. I was a little shocked, but definitely excited."

Cunningham is drawing interest from "mostly the ACC schools right now" and others such as Auburn, Cincinnati and Ohio State.

His coach keeps a handle on his offers and interest levels, but Cunningham believes a couple more could be coming soon.

"My coach keeps track of that and said that Ohio State and Duke may be getting close."

He currently claims no favorites.

"I'm just waiting to see how it goes right now."

Cunningham hauled in 8 catches for 127 yards and a touchdowns last season.

Scout.com recruiting analyst Patrick Burnham describes Cunningham as a "good athlete" and that he is "good with [the] ball in hands after catch."

Scout.com will keep you up with the latest on Cunningham's progress.

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