’Dores pick up late football recruit

Monday, May 12, 2008 at 2:43am

Akeem Cunningham, a cornerback from East Orange (N.J.) High, verbally committed to Vanderbilt last week and will be a late addition to the Commodores’ 2008 football recruiting class.

Cunningham was unsigned because he had not taken the SAT test. After taking the test, several schools expressed interest. He visited Vanderbilt last weekend after previously visiting Western Michigan and Texas A&M. Colorado was also interested.

“I was comfortable it was going to work out for me,” Cunningham told The City Paper. “I just didn’t know where I was going to end up. The process made me a little nervous because I wanted to play big-time football.”

Cunningham was recruited by Vanderbilt defensive backs coach Jamie Bryant.

“The coaches were cool and it’s a great academic school,” Cunningham said. “They also play in the best conference in the country. It’s a privilege to play in the SEC. Not everyone gets a chance to do that.”

The 5-foot-11 Cunningham was named to New Jersey Super 100 list during the 2007 season by the New Jersey Football Coaches Association. He intercepted six passes last season and also scored 14 touchdowns as a wide receiver.

Cunningham will join 21 other incoming Commodore freshmen when training camp opens in August. He plans to sign his letter of intent and fax it to Vanderbilt this coming week.

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