Wishing for UW

With two offers in hand and plenty of camps on his schedule, Hudson offensive tackle Sam Cunningham is well on his way to becoming a college football player. Now, Cunningham's main goal is to attract the attention of the University of Wisconsin.

MADISON - Heading in to his senior year, offensive tackle Sam Cunningham is optimistic and preparing himself to what could be an exciting year. Coming off a 6-3 record, Cunningham (Hudson High School) has been working hard during this off-season with his team, with the plan of making his team a contender next year.

"I lift weights three times a week along with working on drills that will improve my speed, agility and quickness," Cunningham told Badger Nation. "The camps that I go to over the summer will keep my mentally focused."

A second-team all-conference selection as a junior, Cunningham (6-foot-5, 300 pounds) is focused on improving the weaker parts of his game. He feels that his constant improvement along with other traits will separate him from the rest of the recruits at his position.

"I'm working on improving my hip flexibility, and side movement," said Cunningham. "I feel that my ability to maul people and quickness off the ball separates me."

Although he doesn't have any scheduled official visits yet, he has been receiving letters from a few unnamed schools showing possible interest in the Wisconsin native, and just picked up two scholarship offers – one from Southern Illinois and another from North Dakota.

Cunningham feels that the type of player he is will be a help to any school at the next level. Cunningham would love the chance to showcase his talent to any school; he's just looking for the opportunity.

"I'm a player that stays aware on the field, that tries to bury players with my toughness and physicality," said Cunningham.

Cunningham feels that he fits the mold for the offensive scheme that Wisconsin tries to run. He feels that he can help open up the holes that are needed to get their running game on track. He also has a positive attitude that he can reflect to his teammates and show support for his team and his school.

As of now, however, the interest doesn't seem to be twofold, as Wisconsin didn't extend an invite to the prospect for the three-day camp or the one-day camp during the recruiting time frame.

While Cunningham doesn't have definitive plans for the upcoming months, he is planning on attending camps at Northern Illinois, North Dakota State and Minnesota in addition to working out with his team making a push for next season.

Cunningham, who has been a long time Badger fan, thought that Wisconsin had a decent class this past season, and hopes that this hometown kid will be brought in next season to make a difference and, more importantly, an impact.


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