The expectations for ESPNU Watch List wide receiver Jordan Cunningham (Davie, Fla./University School) were high this year.
And the 6-foot-3, 180-pounder has been eager to meet them.
Unfortunately some of the opposition isn’t willing to help.
“It’s been a good season but we’ve had like three teams forfeit against us,” Cunningham said. “It’s tough to get the work in and the reps we need to make a deep run in the playoffs without some games.
“One team forfeited at halftime against us.”
Despite the difficulty of finding opponents Cunningham does lead the team in receiving yards with 412 yards and has six touchdown catches. It’s a deep receiving squad with Michigan State commit MacGarrett Kings and Daniel Braverman, another FBS prospect.
“I love playing with those guys because we love to share the wealth,” Cunningham said. “We run track together in the offseason too. We’re always supporting each other.”
They needed that support after last season’s loss to Ocala Trinity Catholic in the Class 2B state championship. Despite finishing the game with six catches for 93 yards and six touchdowns, the Suns fell short 56-55 in double overtime.
“It was a difficult end to the season and a tough feeling to walk off that field after that sort of a game,” Cunningham said. “But it just made it want to work harder in the offseason.”
Cunningham is trying to focus on his season and now worry about recruiting right now. He has, however, made one important decision for his future.
“I have accepted an invitation to play in the 2013 Under Armour All-America game,” Cunningham said. “It’s a great honor to be invited during my junior year and it’s a great opportunity for me to play against the top competition in the nation.”
Expect Cunningham to be one of the most highly-sought after players in the Class of 2013. He’s already taken visits to Florida and Miami to watch games this fall and has other trips planned.
Currently he’s sifting through his many offers and looking at programs that would best fit his talents.
“I like the offense they run at places like Oklahoma State, LSU, Clemson, Florida, Oklahoma,” Cunningham said. “I like an offense that throws the ball downfield a lot.”
But there’s one program that he’s liked from the beginning.
“I grew up as a Miami fan,” Cunningham said. “I grew in this area and I’ve always loved the University of Miami. They have a great tradition of winning and producing the top receivers.”