CINCINNATI – Just about every big-time college football program has offered ESPN 150 recruit Jordan Cunningham (Fort Lauderdale, Fla./University School), and six schools have made the cut for him.
Alabama, Florida State, Miami (Fla.), Notre Dame, Oklahoma State and Stanford are the six favorites for the nation’s sixth-best receiver.
The problem is Cunningham, who will take all five official visits, won’t be able to grant one of those schools an official.
The only program to secure a visit from the No. 46 player in the country at this point is Oklahoma State. Cunningham and his high school quarterback Mike White will head to Stillwater for the Cowboys’ game against No. 15 Texas.
Cowboys coach Mike Gundy has coached two future NFL first-round picks at Oklahoma State over the last three seasons.
“I just want to see the campus because [White has] been talking it up and see exactly how their offense is run,” Cunningham said.
The offense at Notre Dame also has the 6-foot-1, 175-pound interested, and it sounds like Notre Dame should receive a visit.
“I like the type of offense they run, and I have a good relationship with the coaches,” he said. “I’m going to out there and see the campus and see how it goes.”
Florida State has had strong recruiting classes under Jimbo Fisher, and the Seminoles coach has shown he is willing to play true freshmen. Cunningham believes he would be able to play as a freshman in Tallahassee.
“I’ve been there I think twice and I love their campus,” he said. “And offensively they play freshmen. I think I would have a good chance to play early there.
Academics will play a key role for Cunningham, who wants to major in engineering. Stanford’s athletics combined with academics has the Cardinal in the picture for Cunningham.
However, all these schools are playing catch up to Miami. The South Florida receiver is favoring the hometown team.
“They have a good history of winning championships, and I have a good relationship with Coach [George] McDonald, the receivers coach,” Cunningham said.
“They’re trying to sell me on being close to home, but I don’t really care about being far away. But I’ve always been a fan of the Hurricanes, so they have the advantage.”