Cunningham discusses switch

Akeem Cunningham, 5-11, 185 pound, defensive back from East Orange – East Orange High School (NJ) made a surprising move on Friday. Cunningham, who had made a late commitment to the Vanderbilt class of 2008 signing class, has signed with another school.

Akeem Cunningham commented on his change of heart by saying, "Everything was evened out. The ACC is real good and the SEC is a real good conference. The only thing that was the determining factor was the location, it's close to home a little bit, and another thing is I got a chance to play early."

Cunningham said of the Vanderbilt staff and their reaction to his decision, "I called Coach Johnson and Coach Bryant, but I don't think they were too happy though."

As far as what lured him to North Carolina State he said, "I just enjoy their coaches. They've got a great defensive back coach, Coach Mike Reed; he just came from the Eagles. They just made me feel like a family. Everything was just in perfect place, they met my mom, and everything was just good."

Cunningham explained the difficulty of his decision by saying, "It was the hardest thing I've done in my life."

He said of his plans for North Carolina State, "I want to go to North Carolina State and win some games and win the conference. Hopefully be an ACC freshmen All American."

In regards to the Commodores Cunningham said, "No hard feelings with Vanderbilt. Actually I'm going to watch them. That's going to be a school I put on the radar whenever I'm not in a game I am definitely going to follow them. Coach Johnson is a great guy."

He expressed the impact of family on his decision by commenting, "Family wise it was the best decision. My family gets to come watch me play; my mom gets to come watch me play. It's no knock to Vanderbilt, it's a great school." Top Stories