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Wednesday, January 2, 2013
FSU, vandy options for WR Cunningham

By Corey Dowlar and Corey Long

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- As Tony Stevens (Orlando, Fla./Evans) looks decreasingly likely to sign with Florida State, the Seminoles have begun to make appropriate changes to their plans at wide receiver.

ESPN 150 wide receiver Jordan Cunningham (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla./University School of Nova Southeast) is hardly a backup plan, though. Being the No. 59 prospect in the country, he's proved himself to be a quality prospect.

And it seems he's warm to Florida State despite running backs coach Eddie Gran's departure to Cincinnati, as well as Vanderbilt.

"Florida State is an option," Cunningham said. "I talked to Eddie Gran a lot, but he went to Cincinnati, so I have been talking to Coach [Lawrence] Dawsey more. They are definitely one of my top schools."

Cunningham wasn’t able to shake a knee injury he suffered late in the Florida Class 3A playoffs but he’s still trying to enjoy the festivities at the Under Armour All-America Game.

“It’s pretty frustrating because this is such a competitive environment and you want to be out there to participate in that,” Cunningham said. “The injury happened early in the state championship game and I was able to find through it that day.”

Although the injury will keep Cunningham out of Friday’s game, the trip has him focusing on new options. Cunningham lists a top six of Alabama, FSU, Miami, Stanford, Oklahoma State and Vanderbilt in no particular order.

When considering whether or not he will fit into an offensive system, Cunningham is pretty certain that Florida State suits him. When watching the Seminoles on television, he has taken notice of the routes and packages they employ.

Thus, Cunningham has found his draw to the school.

"The type of offense," he said. "I like the passing plays they run and how they get their young guys on the field. If they compete and prove they are good enough to play, they do. I like that. I like the coaches that they have. They win games."

He's taken official visits to just Oklahoma State and Stanford, but Florida State would like to get one set up with him as soon as possible.

It sounds likely that he will indeed make the trip.

"Yeah, we are working on getting an official hooked up," said Cunningham. "I am pretty sure I will take an official there."

Another likely destination is Nashville.

“I have been hearing a lot from Vanderbilt and there’s a very good chance I will take an official visit,” Cunningham added.

However the Commodores have made up a lot of ground in a short time.

“Well the academics are superb and much like Stanford it’s the best of both worlds,” Cunningham explained. “It’s in the SEC as well. Vandy has a lot going for it.”