Cunningham, ranked as the No. 94 tight end in the country by Scout.com, has no official scholarship offers, but says that he is receiving a lot of interest from Alabama, Uconn, Tennessee, TCU, Oklahoma, and UCLA.
Offers could start to pour in soon. The 2009 recruit has transferred to John Curtis Christian in River Ridge, LA to play out his senior season. The move was made in hopes that the well-known school would improve his stock.
"I just thought that I would have a higher chance of being recruited at John Curtis. I really thought it would improve my game," stated Cunningham to BigPurpleNation.com. "It was very difficult leaving friends I knew and grew up with. I went to school with some of them for five or six years, but they understood that this was best for me."
Most schools are recruiting Cunningham as a tight end but John Curtis Christian is already well set at the position. So, this season the 2009 recruit will focus on DE. "I don't personally see myself playing defense in college, but I'm not closing the door on it. I'm just wanting to play football," said the senior. "Coach told me that John Curtis Christian already is returning a tight end who is a junior and they don't pass the ball as much as my old school. He said if I wanted to play right away that he could throw me in at defensive end."
Cunningham had a very busy summer. The tight end camped at more then five locations (Alabama, ULM, Texas A&M, and Tulane) including TCU's. "It(TCU) went pretty well. There were a lot of tight ends so you only had a couple reps at a time….It was hard to get picked out of the crowd."
While reps might have been hard to come by at TCU, the senior was very impressed with the coaching staff and atmosphere. "The coaching staff seems like a very high tempo group and very proud of their program, I like that. I was really impressed with the weight-lifting program. The records were astonishing and could blow you away."
This summer, the 2009 recruit (340-pound bench, 440-pound squat) tried to work mainly on his speed. "I went to a place called Sports Performance…. It's a speed-training place to get your feet quicker and to work on your form running. I would go there either before or after summer team training." Currently Cunningham's best forty-time is 4.68.
The tight end says that the biggest thing that he is looking for at the next level will be the chance to play a position where he can be a target in the offense. "Obviously playing time and getting a good education are important to me. I would love having the opportunity to catch the ball. If that is not possible then whatever could come my way," said Cunningham.
John Curtis Christian opens up on Labor Day against defending Texas State Champions Trinity High School (Euless, Texas) at Texas Stadium.
Cunningham reports a 3.0 core GPA and a 24 on his ACT. The senior plans to major in psychology or sports medicine when he gets to college.