Cunningham: "I can cause match-up problems"

Jordan Cunningham

One of the most pleasant surprises for the Vanderbilt coaches on National Signing Day was getting a big "Yes" from Jordan Cunningham of University School in For Lauderdale, Fla. The 6-foot-2, 180-pound athlete gives wide receivers coach Josh Gattis a deep threat and a reliable pass catcher to work with. VandyMania.com caught up with Cunningham on his decision.

One of the most pleasant surprises for the Vanderbilt coaches on National Signing Day was getting a big "Yes" from Jordan Cunningham of University School in For Lauderdale, Fla. The 6-foot-2, 180-pound athlete gives wide receivers coach Josh Gattis a deep threat and a reliable pass catcher to work with. VandyMania.com caught up with Cunningham on his decision.

"Academics were a big reason I chose Vanderbilt," said Cunningham. "I felt like it was just the right fit for me with athletics and academics. You want to get the best of both worlds when you choose a school and I thought Vanderbilt had the most to offer me in the next four years. Coach Franklin has built up the program in the two years he's been there and with this class we have coming in I believe we'll continue to rise."

"It was great to finally sign with [Vanderbilt]. I kind of knew after I took my official visit that's where I wanted to go, but didn't tell everybody. I felt a real connection with Coach Franklin and Coach Gattis and believe they'll be there to help me develop into an All-American receiver."

Vanderbilt certainly bolstered its receiving corps with five talented wide outs including Cunningham, DeAndre Woods, Carlos Burse, Latevius Rayford, and Gerald Perry. Cunningham certainly is the headline being able to boast serious credentials after playing in the Sunshine State's Class 3 as a four year varsity starter for head coach Roger Harriott.

"I do a good job with my speed being able to get behind defenses and make a big play," Cunningham stated. "I do a good job in my routes as a deep threat or for a short gain as a possession receiver. I can cause match-up problems with my speed or my size. I have good hands and can go up top and make the catch."

As a senior for the University School, Cunningham helped the the Suns win a Florida Class 3A state championship. He had 53 receptions for 817 yards and eight touchdowns. He was named first team All-State for the second year in a row. It won't be long before he test his talents in the SEC.

"My goal is to go in with no expectations and compete my hardest for an opportunity to get on the field and show what I can do," he explained. "I'm a team-oriented player. My team won a state championship this year and I do whatever is asked of me to help my team be successful and get the win."

Cunningham said he will arrive on campus in June. He plans on having bio-engineering as a possible major, so he's not afraid of a tough academic challenge either.

Vanderbilt fans should be brimming with confidence in a stacked lineup of quality wide receivers next season and in years to come. Cunningham played in the 2013 Under Armour All-American game at Tropicana Field in Tampa, Fla., on January 4th.

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