With 23 offers and counting, defensive end Jermaine Cunningham of Stephenson High School in Stone Mountain, Ga., has his pick of the crop of colleges to attend. GoBlueWolverine Magazine spoke recently with Cunningham. He said he has 23 favorites -- all those that have offered -- but quickly stated five schools he would like to officially visit, and four at which he'll be camping. Is Michigan in the 'real' mix? (*GBW's Nike action photos included*)
Originally from New York, now residing in Stone Mountain, Ga., defensive end Jermaine
is one of the most sought after defensive players in the country.
His list of offers contains a "who's who" of top college football programs, with
Florida State being the most recent. At one time Cunningham listed a top seven
of Auburn, Oklahoma
, Georgia, Georgia Tech,
Michigan, Florida, and USC. "I have 23 favorites now," he said. "I like everyone
that has offered."
end Jermaine Cunningham of Stephenson High School in Stone Mountain, Ga.,
works out at the Nike Camp held in Athens, Ga.
However, when asked which schools he'd like to official visit, he didn't hesitate.
"Auburn, Georgia, Florida, Oklahoma, and Michigan are the schools I want to visit,"
he said. With all but one of those schools in the South, what is it that attracts
the talented player to Michigan? "I want to play in front of 110,000 people,"
he said. "I've never actually been to the school at Michigan, but I have
a cousin that lives about an hour and a half north of Ann Arbor."
The 6-foot-4, 220-pound Cunningham reports his junior season stats as 115 tackles,
including 27 tackles-for-loss, and 13 sacks. He said he also forced three fumbles,
recovering two. GBW observed him at the recent Nike Camp in Athens, Ga., and thought he was the most athletic and aggressive defensive lineman in the position drills. He reported a time of 4.65 in the 40, and 15 reps of 185 pounds on the
bench press at the camp.
cracks a smile during the Nike Camp held in Athens, Ga.
Cunningham plans on being a busy camper this summer. "I am going to camps at Michigan,
Georgia, Auburn, and Tennessee," he said. "I went to the Spring games at Auburn
and Georgia earlier this year."
As far as what he will study in college, Cunningham said he would like to do something
towards a business management degree. He reports a 2.6 grade-point-average and
a score of 960 on the old version of the SAT. He said he plans to take the new
version sometime in August.
Decision time? "January or February," he said.