One of Virginia’s top prospects is preparing for his official visit this weekend to Charlottesville. In fact, Hebron High School OL Ian Cunningham was busy finalizing his weekend schedule literally moments before we spoke to him.
“I just got off the phone with Coach [Ron] Prince,” said Cunningham. “I have a photo shoot this Friday for the Army All-American game, so I needed to see if I could take a later flight. It was no problem.”
Cunningham is fresh off his visit to Georgia Tech, where he was given the red-carpet treatment by Jackets Head Coach Chan Gailey. The outstanding offensive line prospect enjoyed his time in Georgia.
“It was awesome,” said Cunningham. “I had a really good time. I didn’t want to commit or anything, because I want to take my visit to Virginia this weekend. I’ll wait to decide until after this weekend.”
Cunningham returned from Atlanta Sunday, however his weekend wasn’t over quite yet. He was greeted Sunday night by Virginia Head Coach Al Groh, who was making a previously scheduled in-home visit.
“I made sure to get some rest [before the in-home visit,” said Cunningham. “I was really ecstatic that he was visiting me Sunday night.
“He told me where I stand with them, and how he feels about the team. We talked a little bit about my visit to Georgia Tech. One thing I love about Coach Groh is that he never talks bad about another team. He knows what he has to offer, and if a player decides Virginia isn’t the school for him, that’s great. It turns me off when one team talks down another. It’s kind of childish in a way.”
Following his visit this weekend, Cunningham hopes to have a decision in place.
“I think I’ll know where I’m going after I leave [Virginia],” said Cunningham. “When I get home, though, I’m going to take out a pencil and paper and right down the pros and cons of Nebraska, Georgia Tech, and Virginia, and see where I’m at. I’ll probably have a decision sometime next week.”
While Cunningham looks to be down to Nebraska, Georgia Tech, and Virginia, there is a slim chance one more school could enter the mix. The school in question is Texas A&M.
“They actually visited my school today,” said Cunningham. “This is the thing about Texas A&M. My freshman year in high school, I went to the TCU camp, and that was the first camp I ever went to. I made offensive line MVP. I got to meet Coach Fran and I liked him....
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