4-star Stephenson (Stone Mountain, GA) defensive end Jermaine Cunningham , fresh off of a senior season where he made 45 tackles including 26 sacks and three forced fumbles, will head back on the recruiting trail next weekend with an official visit to the University of Florida. The 6-4, 210-pound Cunningham is currently considering four schools and maybe a fifth.
“I’m just looking at what all of the schools have to offer and whenever I think I’m ready to make my decision, I’ll make it,” Cunningham said. “I will go wherever I feel most comfortable.”
In November, Cunningham made official visits to Virginia Tech, Tennessee and Auburn, respectively. Florida will be his fourth official and he said “I’m thinking about taking a fifth official visit.” Georgia and Florida State may be among the schools under consideration for that fifth spot.
In our previous update, Cunningham listed the Florida Gators as the team slightly above the other three. Has anything changed?
“They are all kind of equal,” Cunningham said. “All of the official visits I’ve taken have been equal. They all showed me a real good time and I liked all of the coaching staffs. I’m just going to have to see where I feel the most comfortable.”
When could a decision come?
“Hopefully I’ll choose one by the end of the year,” Cunningham said. “I would tell the coaches and then I think I’m going to announce on ESPN.”
Cunningham’s primary recruiter from Virginia Tech is Lorenzo Ward. Of his relationship with Coach Ward, Cunningham says “we get along pretty good. He calls me once a week.”
Cunningham helped Stephenson to a 12-2 and an appearance in the Class AAAAA state semifinals. Stephenson fell in the semis to Lowndes, 14-0.
“It was all right,” Cunningham said of his senior season. “At the end, things didn’t go the way we wanted them to. We lost to the two teams competing in the state championship game, so I think we did pretty good.”
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