Tuesday, January 29, 2013
LB Cunningham to choose between three
By Greg Ostendorf
PINSON, Ala. -- The recruiting process started later than most for ESPN 300 linebacker Zach Cunningham. It wasn’t until his senior season that schools started showing interest and the scholarship offers started coming in.
Now, having had just a few months to take in all of his options, he has to make a decision.
“It’s been pretty tough because my recruiting didn’t really start until late in the season, so I don’t have as much time as other recruits have to make my choice,” Cunningham said.
“I’m looking at Vanderbilt, Auburn and Oregon. I have to sit down with my parents before I make my decision. I plan on doing that probably Thursday. I probably won’t be announcing it until signing day.”
Cunningham went on to talk in-depth about each one of his finalists.
“At Auburn, I like the family thing they’ve got going over there,” he said. “It’s a good environment. I like the facilities. I just met the new coaching staff, and I like them a lot. I talked to Coach [Gus] Malzahn. I really like the players they have down there.
“With Oregon, it’s a good school as far as football. You know if you go there, you’re probably going to be in the top 10. You’ve got a good chance to win championships. It’s a good program.
“Vanderbilt’s a building program,” he added. “They’re starting to get better and better. Along with that, they have the academics. It’s kind of the best of both worlds if you’re going there.”
Over the weekend, Cunningham took his official visit to Vanderbilt. He had already taken officials to Auburn and Oregon.
“Things went great,” he said. “I met all the coaches. I talked to James Franklin again. I like him a lot. His vision for the future and what he has going on with the program, that’s what really kind of got me pulled into Vanderbilt. I really like his personality.”
Before Cunningham’s trip to Vandy, fellow in-state prospect and Commodores wide receiver commitment DeAndre Woods texted him, trying to persuade him to join VU’s class.
Today, Oregon made one last push for Cunningham as two assistant coaches flew down to see the Alabama native.
Cunningham is expected to announce his decision at 2 p.m. CT on national signing day.