Ht/Wt/40: 6'3" / 170 lbs. / 4.78
Location: Springboro High School – Springboro, OH
An under the radar prospect, Elijah Cunningham, grew up just north of Cincinnati in the heart of Buckeye country loving the Maize and Blue. Cunningham's father had very proud things to say about his son when we spoke last night.
Michigan was always Elijah's dream school growing up. Brady Hoke is from close to where we are from so he likes that about him too. Coach Smith actually came to the school to check out Elijah so they are showing a little interest. Elijah has a really strong arm, throws a baseball about 90 miles an hour. He runs about a 4.8 forty and all the scouts are pretty high on him. He's also a tough kid. He is a 2-time national boxing champ and Junior Olympic Champion. He's a good kid too, never in trouble and gets good grades.
You'd expect a dad to say good things about his son, but some of those things can't be fudged. Elijah and his father stopped by Schembechler Hall today to pay a visit to the staff and a mutual positive impression was made according to the elder Cunningham.
Elijah had a great visit with the staff today. They loved his film and want him to attend camp in June. They took him on a tour, showed him a recruiting video, and introduced him to Devin Gardner.
As you might expect, Elijah had good things to say as well.
I loved it! Michigan had by far the most impressive facilities I've seen thus far. I enjoyed it all a lot. I absolutely loved everything about Michigan. It was my first time being in Ann Arbor and I loved the city. The school is great too. Also meeting Devin Gardner was great. It's pretty cool to meet a guy like that. It would be an honor to go to Michigan.
It's early in the process for Elijah, and who knows if he'll be considered for an offer, but mutual interest is being shown from him and the staff. Cunningham looks good on film. He has a calm, tall presence in the pocket with a quick, high, overhead release. He's got decent mobility for 6'3", but obviously needs to bulk up at just 170 lbs. He has plenty of time to work on his size and hone his skills being just a sophomore.
With all the high praise that Michigan received from the Cunningham clan, it's no surprise that Michigan is the easy favorite for Elijah. He also said, without hesitation, that he'd commit on the spot if offered. I'm not sure it'll happen, but it'll be interesting to follow how aggressively he's recruited from here on out.