50-plus offers? Georgia, LSU, Kentucky, more join huge chase for 3-star RB Andrew Cunningham

Andrew Cunningham

To say that three-star running back Andrew Cunningham has a lot of options in his recruitment would be a giant understatement.

Cunningham has received 54 offers to date, including seven from the SEC.

“I think it’s because I’m an all-purpose back and an all-around back,” Cunningham told GN regarding his high number of offers. “Some backs are just big – and there are bigger running backs than me – but they can’t do what I can do, so I think that is why multiple colleges have reached out and offered me.

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“It’s definitely an unbelievable feeling. It’s stressful at times because a lot of people just hit your phone up. It’s all about how well you manage it. I’m going into my senior season and I’m working hard. I know this decision will be a tough one, but it will also be my first grown-man decision and I know I will make the right choice. I’m probably going to release a top-eight or so in a couple weeks.”

Cunningham (6 feet 0, 215 pounds), from Tampa Cambridge Christian School, has SEC offers from Georgia, Kentucky, LSU, Mississippi State, Missouri, Ole Miss and South Carolina.

What will help Cunningham sift through his offers?

“Relationship with the coaches is big for me,” Cunningham said. “I would like to have a good relationship with the whole staff. I also would like a chance at early playing time, but I also want to earn my spot at that school.

“I want to be in a good environment and be around good teammates. Academics will also play a part, as well.”

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Cunningham has the size to play other positions in college, but that’s not his preference.

“I want to play running back in college,” he said. “People say that I could play outside linebacker or safety, but I know I’m going to have to play running back in college, which is really where I want to play.”

Despite the fact that he lives in the Tampa area, don’t expect Cunningham to commit to a Florida-based program.

“I actually want to leave Florida,” Cunningham said. “I think I need to grow independently and I need to be on my own. I just feel like I want to go somewhere where I can grow and be responsible.”

The offers continue to pour in for Cunningham, who has been offered by Georgia, Mississippi State and Ole Miss since April 30.

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