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Jordan Cunningham: Wide Receiver Is Crown Jewel of Vanderbilt's Class

Dec 31, 2012; Nashville, TN, USA; Vanderbilt Commodores head coach James Franklin reacts after defeating the North Carolina State Wolfpack 38-24 in the Music City Bowl at LP Field. Mandatory Credit: Jim Brown-USA TODAY Sports
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Jonathan IrwinContributor IIFebruary 6, 2013

It's been a huge day for the Vanderbilt Commodores—who finish their day with 27 commits, including 12 4-star players. But the best news of all today was the landing of wide receiver Jordan Cunningham.

Cunningham is just another name in Vanderbilt's haul of offensive commits, which includes 13 players and five different wide receivers.

With news of his intent to attend Vanderbilt, the team's war room exploded in celebration—lead by head coach James Franklin.

A Florida native, Cunningham reportedly chose Vanderbilt over Florida State, Miami and Stanford (h/t The Tennessean).

The high schooler was obviously excited about his decision, taking to twitter to announce:

At 6'1", 175 pounds, the 4-star athlete has great hands and receiving instincts. He's also not afraid to make aggressive catches in traffic—which he'll need in the SEC.

Based off ESPN's rankings, Cunningham ranked as the 107th-overall high school player, and was the 13th-best prospect at wide receiver.

The program's next best prospect at wide receiver is DeAndre Woods, who ranks 23rd overall at the position.

Cunningham is Vanderbilt's only ESPN top-150 recruit, albeit a big one.

The Commodores finished No. 23 in the BCS rankings last year, going 9-4 overall and 5-4 in the SEC.

While the team's defense was solid (18th overall in yards allowed per game), the offense struggled all season long.

Vanderbilt was 81st in total yards per game (379.7) and averaged just over 20 points a game against SEC opponents.

The Commodores will see a big exodus this year, with quarterback Jordan Rodgers and running back Zac Stacy both graduating seniors. There's not considerable depth at receiver either.

Cunningham provides Vanderbilt great offensive talent for the future.

With junior Jordan Matthews (1,323 receiving yards) entering his final year in the program, Cunningham has a year to learn before taking over in 2014.

His athleticism and great receiving tools will make him a huge impact player in the SEC, and could be the big piece that gets the Commodores offense back on track.

Vandy remains on the rise in the national scene, and landing a 4-star recruit like Cunningham over his in-state schools is a huge win for the program.

With the big prize finally in hand, Vanderbilt can rest on what was a great end to national signing day.

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