Jordan Cunningham to Vanderbilt: Commodores Land 4-Star WR Recruit

Ryan RudnanskySenior Writer IFebruary 6, 2013

Photo Credit: 247Sports.com
Photo Credit: 247Sports.com

After fielding many offers, 4-star recruit Jordan Cunningham has signed with Vanderbilt.

The highly touted wide receiver, who had plenty of offers from the SEC to the Pac-12 to the Big 12 to the Big Ten, began his official visits with Oklahoma State and Stanford in September and November respectively.

In the 247Sports.com composite rankings, Cunningham is listed as the 43rd-best wideout in the class and the 43rd-best prospect coming out of Florida in 2013. Though he comes in at No. 288 overall in this year's recruiting class, this player has room to develop into a star.

At 6'3", 175 pounds, the Florida native has a long, lanky body with room to grow. He also has the speed and body control to be a productive player in college, evidenced by his 4.50 40-time and ability to react to the ball.

Cunningham doesn't have high-end speed, but he has great burst that allows him to get to top speed quickly. He is able to find holes in zone coverage, but he particularly excels one-on-one. In addition, he is a fearless player who puts his body on the line going down the middle of the field, and his hands and ball skills are above average.

You will likely see some acrobatic catches from Cunningham in college. His body control is one of his greatest strengths. He has the ability to leap in the air and snag balls off line. He also has enough strength and size to do well in press coverage. Once he gets past defenders on the line, his burst takes over and he can gain separation.

He needs a bit of work with his fluidity in terms of breaking on routes, but that can come with more coaching. The biggest thing for him will be bulking up for college so he's not limited by stronger opponents. 

Overall, there is a lot to like about Cunningham's game and his potential to become a real threat as a red-zone target.

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