Offers come in for Akeem Cunningham

Hudson Valley CB Akeem Cunningham (5-11, 190) was a big-time recruit out of high school, but after making the decision to leave the program that he signed with after only one year, he's again at the top of several D-1 schools and just started setting up his official visits. With one set and one on its way to being scheduled, the talented corner prospect says he's excited about the process...

Cunningham was a standout prep corner in New Jersey and signed with North Carolina State over offers from Texas A&M, Vanderbilt, Arkansas, Western Michigan, Illinois, Mississippi State, Minnesota and Iowa State among others.

"I just felt real comfortable there," Cunningham told JCFootball.com said. "But when I was there for the year I was there, it just started to not feel right. I like coaches who yell at me and talk a lot, but they were more like a military. They just didn't talk a lot and were all business and that was fine, but I just didn't enjoy it so I came home."

After searching around, Cunningham decided to head to Hudson Valley to continue his college career.

"My brother (Antoine) went here and signed with Buffalo so I thought it was a good situation for me," Cunningham noted.

So far this season the talented corner has helped lead the Vikings to a 5-3 record by posting 22 tackles, six passes defensed and two interceptions, taking one back for a touchdown.

"I'm a good cover-guy, but I like to play physical and tackle as well," Cunningham said. "I like contact and I like the challenge of taking on the best receiver on the other team every week."

While he was a top high school corner prospect, he might be an even more coveted player now that he's finished one year of college football.

"I've got offers from Akron, East Carolina, Auburn, Utah and Louisville right now," Cunningham said. "Those are my five offers, but I've got a lot more that have called and asked for my film and my transcripts too.

"Pittsburgh, North Carolina, Arkansas, Illinois, Ohio State and Kentucky are the ones I remember that have called."

While the offers continue to flow in, Cunningham said he knows two visits that he plans to take.

"I'm visiting Auburn when they play Alabama and Utah is a school I'm setting up a visit with," Cunningham said. "I haven't set anything official up yet with Utah, but I'm pretty sure it will end up being next weekend when they play New Mexico, but like I said that's not set in stone yet."

Because Cunningham signed with and attended a four-year program, he falls under the 4-2-4 rule stating he must get his AA degree before he leaves. Therefore, he expects to sign with a school in February and will be able to leave in June with three years to play three wherever he ends up.

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