Cunningham Checks Out UNC

Despite professing the solidity of his verbal commitment to South Carolina, Justice Cunningham traveled to Chapel Hill Saturday to take in North Carolina's bout with Notre Dame.

"I felt like it was going to be a good game to watch and I wanted to see Notre Dame," Cunningham said. "... I just wanted to see a different kind of football."

However, Cunningham admitted he has an interest in UNC.

"Yeah, I like UNC a lot," he said.

In mid-April, Cunningham, a 6-foot-3, 242-pound jumbo athlete from Pageland (S.C.) Central, verbally committed to South Carolina.

"I wouldn't say I'm a soft commit," Cunningham said. "I'm pretty much a Gamecock."

Regardless, Cunningham plans to continue to look around. However, he's not sure if looking around will mean taking official visits to schools other than South Carolina.

Saturday's UNC-Notre Dame game lived up to Cunningham's expectations.

"It was a real good game," Cunningham said. "The crowd got real loud towards the end of the game. I liked how the players just kept playing on through all the adversity."

Still, though, Cunningham would prefer to spend a Saturday in Columbia.

"At South Carolina, I'm a lot more comfortable because I've been there more and the people know me more," Cunningham said.

Most of Cunningham's Chapel Hill stay Saturday was spend with one of UNC's top targets, Sam Montgomery.

"I didn't even know he was going to be there," Cunningham said. "He said he liked it a lot."

Cunningham didn't spend much time in Chapel Hill, leaving an hour after the game. Before he left, though, Cunningham, who hasn't yet been offered by UNC, spoke briefly with Steve Hagen, UNC's tight ends coach.

"He told me to get some more film to him," Cunningham said.

South Carolina is primarily recruiting Cunningham as a tight end, but told him there's a chance he ends up at defensive end.

UNC sees Cunningham solely as a tight end.

"They said they're looking for an athletic tight end," Cunningham said.

At Central, Cunningham starts at both tight end and defensive end. In a wishbone offense, Cunningham is utilized mostly as a blocker, but has caught three touchdown passes thus far this season. He has also collected seven sacks on defense.

Sam Pittman is handling Cunningham's recruitment for UNC. Cunningham and Pittman speak once a week.

"[He talks about how] he wants me to come check them out and give them a chance," Cunningham said.

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