If you have paid any attention to Texas A&M this season, you'll know that the defense needs some major work. Have no fear, Qualen Cunningham is here. Well, he'll arrive at College Station soon enough.
The 4-star defensive end has committed to Texas A&M, according to Taylor Hamm of 247Sports.
It feels great to finally get it done, Cunningham told GigEm247. It also feels good to know I'll be playing and competing in the SEC. I talked to my dad tonight before I made any decisions and he's been with me all the way through it. Talking to Coach Sumlin, he was real pumped up to have me and he said he'll always be there to take care of me. Also, he said he wanted to welcome me to the family in Aggieland.
Cunningham will follow in the footsteps of his father, Rick Cunningham, who played for Texas A&M in the 1980s. He was drafted in the 1990 NFL draft and played for various NFL and CFL teams.
The new recruit is more of a speed rusher at this stage in his career, as he stands in at 6'4", 220 pounds. He could certainly bulk up his frame more and will have no choice when going up against much bigger SEC offensive linemen. However, he uses his hands well, displays good effort and is a solid tackler who usually runs through the ball-carrier.
Once he arrives at Texas A&M and has a chance to add on about 15-20 pounds of muscle, he should develop into the quality defender the Aggies so desperately need. In fact, he hopes to remind fans of a former great defensive player who recently left the university, per the Hamm report.
"I hope to bring to the table the same thing Damontre Moore did. We have some of the same attributes. I just want to use my speed to dominate off the edge."
What does head coach Kevin Sumlin think about this?
Cunningham is the 16th commitment for Texas A&M and the fourth defensive lineman. He's considered the 154th-best recruit of the 2014 recruiting class and the eighth-best weak-side defensive end, according to 247Sports. Nine of the 16 recruits are expected to play defense.