May 15, 2006

Cunningham likes two

Some local observers are calling Devan Cunningham the best lineman prospect to come out of his area in five years. His recruitment is starting to catch up to the hype.

The 6-foot-6, 305-pound offensive tackle from Grant Union in Sacramento, Calif., has drawn loads of interest during the spring evaluation period.

"As soon as colleges could come down to the school, we have had about two or three coaches stopping by every day," Cunningham explained. "Then there are the calls and all the letters. Its fun and I'm grateful for all the interest but it is wearing on me a little bit."

Cunningham claims offers from Cal, Washington State, Colorado, New Mexico and BYU. "Notre Dame said they are coming to see me this Tuesday and if everything goes great they might think about offering me," he added.

Is an early decision a possibility? "I haven't decided yet, I'm about 50-50 on it," Cunningham said. "Colorado seems to be interested in me a lot. They have really spent a lot of time doing things to make me feel like they really want me. But I'm not sure yet.

"Colorado was the main school before and then as soon as I got the offer from Cal, I was like, 'Oh, man!' It caught me by surprise because before Colorado came in the picture, Cal was the school that I wanted to go for a long time."

Colorado and Cal are currently his top two. "Cal is close to home and they have a real good football program," Cunningham said. "Two former Grant players (Worrell Williams and Syd'Quan Thompson) are at Cal right now.

"With Colorado, like I said, they have shown more interest in me than any other school so far. They say they are in dire need of offensive linemen, especially at tackle, so I would have a great chance to play if I work hard. The recruiting coordinator at Colorado, Robert Tucker, graduated and also played for Grant."

Cunningham is currently competing in track and field, throwing the shot put and the discus. He earned all-area honors on the gridiron last fall.

"He's really something," his coach, Mike Alberghini recently told's Jeremy Crabtree. "He's such a nice kid too. Devan's overall size is what really jumps out at you but he's become quite a prospect without really having a mean streak in him. When he develops that side of the game, which I think will happen next year, the sky is the limit for him."

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