"I'm currently working on a 50-year career plan that begins with me as a Division I wide receiver and will continue as a professional engineer and entrepreneur," said Cunningham on ESPNU. "That being said, I will now choose the college that will provide the best of both worlds – academically and athletically – The Vanderbilt University."
The coaches and opportunities available at Vanderbilt were the difference for Cunningham.
"I love the coaches – Coach (James) Franklin and Coach (Josh) Gattis – they're great guys," he said. "Like I said, it's the best place academically and athletically. I'm going to go in there and work hard and try to get a starting position as a freshman."
Despite the Commodores big season in 2012, Cunningham said that had little to do with his decision.
"Their success this year didn't really have a big impact," said Cunningham, who chose Vanderbilt over Florida State, Miami, and Stanford. "Obviously you want to win games in college, but to be honest, I didn't really watch that much. But the academics, that was the big deal for me. Football is going to end at some point and you've got to have a backup plan."
Cunningham is a three-star prospect and the 52nd-ranked receiver in the 2013 class.