Cunningham a Live Wire in Chargers Attack

While we love bringing you a good portion of high school news and updates, we also want to feature some of the state's top athletes, while getting a quick look at what's the latest on the college recruiting front. Today, we feature Clear Springs wide receiver James Cunningham. This is a TPI Premium article.

Clear Springs' road to the District 24-5A championship has been paved by a big-play offense that ranks among the most potent in the Houston area.

Senior wide receiver James Cunningham has been one of the focal points of the 8-2 Chargers, who clinched the school's first postseason trip with a 33-21 win at Dickinson on Thursday night. The 5-11, 185-pound Cunningham had four catches for 61 yards, including a huge 13-yard reception that helped spark a 96-yard drive that led to the go-ahead score early in the fourth quarter.

"This is an unbelievable feeling that words can barely describe," Cunningham said moments after the game. "Reaching the playoffs was our goal, but the realization of achieving it is awesome."

Colleges have paid attention to the speedster, who has 47 catches for 770 yards and six touchdowns.

Cunningham spent last weekend at TCU, where he was able to tour the campus and also watch the sixth-ranked Horned Frogs shut out UNLV 41-0.

"It was a pretty nice weekend," he said. "I left with a pretty good impression, and will be going back for a visit in the next couple of weeks."

Florida, Miami (Fla.), Iowa, Houston and Colorado have also expressed interest in Cunningham, but there is one school that he waiting to hear from.

"I'd love to hear from Florida State," he said. "I've always been a fan of the Seminoles, and it's a school where my cousin (current Prairie View and former La Marque standout Russell Ball) played at."

Cunningham said he will begin his recruiting quest in earnest once the Chargers complete their playoff run, one he feels won't end anytime soon.

"We've put in a lot of hard work to get to this point," he said. "All of the hours in the gym and the commitment we all made during the off-season are starting to come together. We're getting better with each week. We plan on doing some big things."


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