RECRUITING: OU still in the mix for Georgia DE

Stone Mountain, Ga. defensive end Jermaine Cunningham update.


Jermaine Cunningham is one of the top defensive prospects in the country, and with his size and speed college recruiters from all over will be at his doorstep trying to get him signed. Cunningham broke into the starting lineup at defensive end his sophomore season and evolved into the duel role of playing defensive end and tight end last year.

"I am being recruited as a defensive end," said Cunningham. "Playing defensive end allows me to get to the quarterback and make an major impact in the game. I don't think I am going to play much offense in college."

Cunningham finished last season with 115 total tackles, 27 tackles for loss, 13 sacks, three forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries and two blocked kicks. Cunningham actually had a better sophomore season with 123 tackles and 13 sacks. He attended the combine camp at Georgia and he went to spring games at Georgia and Auburn.

Cunningham can bench 270 pounds, squast 390 and he has a vertical jump of 35-inches. He also runs the 4X100 (third) and 4X400 (fourth) in track and has posted a 10.9 in the 100 relay and 49.8 in the 400 relay.

"Right now I am looking at everybody that has offered me," said Cunningham, who has been offered by 25 schools. "I have a top 25 and everybody is even. I have been offered by Florida State, Florida, Auburn, LSU, Clemson, Kentucky, Virginia Tech, South Carolina, Michigan, Oklahoma, Louisville, Vanderbilt, Nebraska, and Penn State, Tennessee, and there are others.

So how will a school seperate from the others?

"I will be looking at the stability of the coaching staff and how they relate to the players, which is a key for me. Also, I want to see how the student/athlete relationship is going at that school, and the facilities are important to me."

What are Cunningham's thoughts on Oklahoma?

"I have not been to the school so I don't know anything about the program, except what I have seen on television," said Cunningham. "They are a great program that wins all the time and they have played in the last two National Championship games. The fact they are so successful is impressive to me."

Cunningham has qualified.

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