'13 Prospect Evaluation: WR Jordan Cunningham
Jordan Cunningham, WR (6’3” 175 – University School of Nova Southeastern U., Ft. Lauderdale, FL)
Scout.com: 3-Star, #78 WR
Rivals.com: 4-Star, #21 WR, #154 player overall, #23 overall in FL
ESPN.com: 4-Star (87), #6 WR, #15 overall in FL
24/7 Sports: 3-Star (#106 overall in initial '13 rankings, but dropped), #82 WR, #83 overall in FL
Jordan Cunningham is a top-end wide receiver prospect whose highlights show the complete set of tools needed to be an impact player in college. He is not a blazer on the outside but has adequate speed that carries him past defensive backs on vertical routes. He seems to have good quickness and will make defenders miss in the open field, which is a bonus characteristic for a receiver who is listed at a height of 6’3”. His game speed and quickness help him turn many short and intermediate passes into big plays.
Cunningham shows great hands on his video and has a knack for making the “circus catch” which is a product of his long arms, overall athleticism, ball skills and catching ability. He is a smooth athlete who is great at adjusting to the ball’s flight path. Also, he times his jumps extremely well for high passes and jump-balls in the end zone. The same can be said for the timing of his dives for over thrown or low passes. As a pure “hands” catcher, Cunningham rarely lets the ball get to his body unless he is making a catch in traffic. When he is called on to make those tough catches among traffic in the middle of the field, this Florida prospect is fearless and will willingly take hard hits and hold onto the football.
Despite his height, Cunningham has relatively short strides which allow him to quickly sink his hips and get in and out of his breaks. He can stick his foot in the ground to quickly change direction and create separation between himself and defenders. Combined with his hands, running ability with the ball and formidable speed, Cunningham’s route running make him a threat at all different areas of the field.
Editor's Notes: There has to be at least some question as to why our very own Scout.com and 24/7 Sports have Cunningham rated significantly lower than the other recruiting networks do and a lot lower than his impressive offer sheet might suggest. Cunningham appears to have an A-List compilation of about 40 offers, including Stanford, USC, Notre Dame, Miami, Alabama , Georgia, Florida State, Florida (disputed on our boards), Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Nebraska, Wisconsin, Michigan, and Ohio State . Is there a "West Coast Bias" at work here? His productivity in 2011 did not match his 2010 numbers so the stats may have spooked some analysts. Raw speed may be a question as well - but then again, modest 40-times didn't prevent a talented receiver like DeRonnie Pitts from torching people left and right and finishing second all-time in receiving at Stanford. Getting him out of South Florida will be a challenge, as "The U" is selling hard, but his reported grades make it appear that he might well get past Stanford admissions and face the inevitable "40-year decision"
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