Zach Cunningham of Pinson Valley High School went into the 2012 season as a player to watch and finished it with a load of scholarship offers plus a four-star ranking by Scout.com.
Auburn, which currently has just one linebacker prospect committed, is among the group of colleges that has offered the six-foot-four, 205-pound Cunningham in recent weeks.
"He is a great kid," says Pinson Valley High coach Matt Glover. "He has a 3.5 grade point average and a 24 ACT. He is a better person than a football player and that is saying a lot.
"As a senior Zach had 192 tackles, 12 sacks, returned an interception for a touchdown, blocked four punts and had 40-something tackles for losses," the coach adds.
Those kind of numbers, combined with the ability to make plays from sideline-to-sideline, have impressed college coaches. "He has scholarship offers from Colorado, Penn State, Ole Miss, Vanderbilt, Tennessee, Auburn, Oregon, Louisiana Tech, Troy, South Alabama and N.C. State," Glover notes.
Commenting on what makes the rangy linebacker such a good player, Glover says, "His best attribute is that he has great hips. He is our best tackler and has a knack for getting to the football. He is just a great player."