Gamecock Commit Checks Out NC State

Pack Pride talks with Pageland (SC) Central tight end Justice Cunningham after his recent unofficial visit to NC State.

Pageland (SC) Central tight end Justice Cunningham is what many would call a jumbo athlete at 6-4 and 245 pounds. His versatility and raw athletic ability have a lot of schools evaluating his potential, and that interest has Cunningham evaluating his options after making a commitment to South Carolina earlier in the year.

Cunningham committed to South Carolina back in April, although he says he knew he would probably check out other options down the road.

After an unofficial visit to UNC back in October, Cunningham made the trip to NC State this past weekend for the Wolfpack’s matchup with Wake Forest. So what did he think of the his time at State?

"Yes sir, I liked (State) a lot," he said. "It was an unofficial visit. We didn't do too much. We just came by and did all the regular stuff. I talked to Coach Bridge a little bit and it was the usual talk. He's just trying to get me out there for a visit."

Cunningham said the Pack offered him about two months ago. NC State is the only school, other than South Carolina, to offer him a scholarship. In addition to South Carolina and NC State, Cunningham is still receiving interest from UNC as well. Is he still solidly committed to the Gamecocks, or is he more open to changing his mind than before the visit?

"I'd say I'm still pretty solid but I'm looking around. NC State's the only other school to offer so I like them. I'm mostly just looking at South Carolina, NC State and maybe UNC. I'll most likely take officials but probably only to South Carolina and NC State."

Cunningham said he had not set up those official visits just yet and he does not have a time frame for making a final decision, whether it be to reaffirm his commitment to South Carolina or change his mind entirely. While most schools have recruited him as a tight end, he pointed out that some have mentioned the possibility of moving him to defense.

Cunningham has been a huge factor in Central’s playoff run this year and he hauled in a 28-yard touchdown reception this past Friday in a win over Pendleton. He was selected for the Shrine Bowl earlier this year. Cunningham is rated a two-star prospect and the No. 108 defensive end in the nation by Scout.com.


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