University of Louisville Class of 2017 Football Class: Signed QB Malik Cunningham

University of Louisville Class of 2017 Football Class: Signed QB Malik Cunningham. Cardinal Authority takes a closer look at the Cardinals signee.

BIO: The runner-up for Mr. Football in the state of Alabama, Malik Cunningham threw for 2,915 yards and 30 touchdowns and ran for another 1,015 yards and 19 scores as a senior at Park Crossing. He finished his career with 8,470 all-purpose yards. He passed for 6,553 yards and 71 touchdowns, while rushing for 1,917 yards and 32 TDs.


RECRUITMENT: Cunningham, who also had some offers to play wide receiver, finished with around 20 total offers. When he picked Louisville it was over Georgia, LSU, Kentucky, Memphis, Southern Miss and Troy. Florida tried to get him to visit late and Alabama had him in for camp late in the summer.

WHY U OF L: Even with Lamar Jackson and Jawon Pass ahead of him, Cunningham said he picked the Cardinals because of Bobby Petrino's offense and the way he works with and uses his quarterbacks.

EXPECTED MAJOR: Business and marketing

EVALUATION: Cunningham is an athlete who loves to have the ball in his hands. He plays quarterback in high school, and he could do the same in the right system on the next level, but he may have the most upside at wide receiver or free safety. He has great awareness and is very good outside the pocket. He actually came into high school as a receiver, so he is comfortable there. He has shown his ball skills and his ability to beat press coverage at different events. He is still a raw prospect overall. He is a good athlete who can run, and just make plays. He is a true competitor. -

QUOTABLE: "It just feels like home there (at Louisville)," Cunningham said. "The facilities are amazing and in the next few years we'll be competing for the CFB playoffs."

BOTTOM LINE: Cunningham is a bit under the radar as a quarterback but he put up unreal numbers and has the skill and the mindset to play the position in the Louisville system. We think he can be a star.

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