Miami Visitor – DE Jermaine Cunningham

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Marcus Ball isn’t the only top recruit out of Stephenson High School (Stone Mountain, GA) set to officially visit Virginia Tech this weekend. 6-4, 200-pound 4-star defensive end Jermaine Cunningham is another Stephenson stud who recruiting coach Lorenzo Ward has been able to lure to Virginia Tech.

“Coach Ward, who is the recruiting coach, came up to the school and started talked to me,” Cunningham said of how Virginia Tech first got in the running with him. Tech likes him as a defensive end. “I’ve been watching them this year and the past couple of years and thought of them as a good program.”

Cunningham has offers from many SEC programs as well as ACC schools. In fact, his favorites list contains three SEC programs to the lone ACC squad.

“Right now, it’s kind of late in the season with playoff time,” Cunningham replied when asked where he stands in the decision making process. “I’ve narrowed my list down to Florida, Auburn, Virginia Tech and Tennessee. I’ve got official visits with those four. Virginia Tech is this weekend, Tennessee is next weekend and Auburn’s the third weekend and Florida’s the fourth weekend.

“I know for sure I’m going to take all four of them.”

An outstanding high school player for many years, Cunningham has played on the varsity level all four years and has been the starting defensive end since the beginning of his sophomore season. A versatile player, he can drop back in coverage when he’s not chasing down quarterbacks.

“My strength is how quickly I get off the ball and also rushing the quarterback,” Cunningham said. He racked up 27 tackles-for-loss and 13 sacks last season as a junior. “[Playing with talented athletes like Marcus Ball] allows me to play worry free. I just have to focus on what I have to do.”

Stephenson is ranked #1 in its region heading into the playoffs, which begin tomorrow night. The team is 9-1 on the year and the only loss came at the beginning of the season.

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