North Carolina will add former Under Armour All-American Jordan Cunningham to its football program.
“I was looking for an established offense to transfer to,” Cunningham said. “I found that at UNC when I visited. I think their offense is great. They run a no huddle offense and they spread the ball around.
“I was impressed with the quarterback situations. I was checking out the backup quarterback [Mitch Trubisky] and he seemed pretty good. He throws a good deep ball [that] is very accurate.
“And then the receiving core is very good, as well. That’s a tribute to Coach [Gunter] Brewer, who’s a great receiver coach. I’m excited about learning from him and enhancing my game through him. He’s coached players like Randy Moss, Dez Bryant, [and] Justin Blackmon. And then the whole story with Mack Hollins – how he was a walk-on and Coach Brewer developed a walk-on receiver into an NFL prospect.”
Cunningham, a 6-foot-2, 190-pound wide receiver, announced his decision to transfer from Vanderbilt last October. Shortly thereafter, he first heard from Brewer.
“I was interested then, but they told me that they didn’t have scholarships or something,” Cunningham said.
After Signing Day 2015, Brewer reconnected with Cunningham to inform him that UNC then had a scholarship for him.
Cincinnati, Florida, Marshall, and Northwestern were the other schools Cunningham considered as a transfer.
In early June, Cunningham officially visited UNC.
“I like everything that they were telling me, so it was just a matter of making sure I could see it all in person,” Cunningham said. “So [during the visit], I saw the strength staff and how they develop their players and put weight on them and speed. I saw the nutrition side of everything. And it was very impressive. It was probably the best visit that I have been on – even coming out of high school.”
As a high school recruit, Cunningham officially visited Oklahoma and Vanderbilt. As a transfer, he took an official trip to Cincinnati and actually committed to the Bearcats, but later de-committed.
Coming out of Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) University School, Cunningham was an Under Armour All-American who collected 48 scholarship offers. Alabama, Florida, Florida State, LSU, Miami, USC, Stanford, and Texas is a sampling of the near 50 schools to offer him.
Cunningham will enroll at UNC for the fall semester. He’ll participate in preseason camp, but will have to sit out the 2015 season, due to transfer rules.
“It will be a different experience sitting out,” Cunningham said. “It will be hard, but at the same time I can just work on my craft every day. I can work on getting bigger, faster, stronger each and every day and be prepared for the following season. I’ll be able to learn the playbook.”
After sitting out the coming season, Cunningham will have at least two years of eligibility remaining.
“I could possibly have a third [at UNC], because I asked to be released after the third game of last season to rehabilitate my lower body and pursue excellent physical therapy before transferring,” Cunningham said. “I’ll get that year back when I apply for the sixth year.”
During the 2013 season, Cunningham was one of three true freshmen to play for Vanderbilt. He started six games that season. He ended the year with 15 receptions for 123 yards.
Before taking a leave of absence a month into the 2014 season, Cunningham caught four passes for 27 yards.
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