Tampa running back: Clemson 'is different'

Andrew Cunningham

Tampa (Fla.) running back Andrew Cunningham has gotten off to a fast start this season at Cambridge Christian Academy, and he could be on the verge of a Clemson offer.

The 2018 prospect rushed for 110 yards and two touchdowns on just six carries in his team’s season opener before adding three more touchdowns the following week.

Cunningham attended the Dabo Swinney camp over the summer, and he has formed a strong relationship with Clemson co-offensive coordinator and running backs coach Tony Elliott.

“It was a great experience,” Cunningham said of the camp. “I talked to coach Elliott every day. We talked about things I could work on, and he said he really likes me. Me and coach Elliott have a real good bond. He treated me well.”

Cunningham said Elliott likes his acceleration, strength and explosiveness as a running back, he is just looking to see Cunningham improve in a few areas before pulling the trigger on an offer.

“Coach Elliott saw my sophomore film and really liked it,” Cunningham said. “I thought he was going to offer my sophomore year, he just wants me to improve a little bit. I know I’ll get the Clemson offer because I’m doing my thing this year, improving, and it will come my way.”

What would it mean to Cunningham if Clemson extended an offer?

“It would mean a lot. They’re the type of school to not throw a lot of offers out to kids,” Cunningham said. “They’re very patient in what they do, and when they offer someone, they know they can make a difference at their school. They’re not going to offer a kid just to offer. They’re looking for difference makers, and that would be a big honor to be offered by Clemson.”

Cunningham is a big fan of Clemson’s coaching staff and facilities.

“Clemson has a good Christian staff,” Cunningham said. “They’re all really great people. Everyone’s nice, the coaches are good, they have nice facilities all around.

“It’s different, but it’s a good different.”

Cunningham currently holds over 15 offers, including ones from Indiana, Kentucky, Louisville, Maryland, N.C. State, Rutgers and South Florida.

Right now, a handful of schools are recruiting him the hardest.

“Louisville, Rutgers, Maryland, N.C. State and Kentucky,” Cunningham said.

The 6-foot, 205-pounder doesn’t have any leaders at this time.

“Pretty much all fair game,” Cunningham said. “There are some schools that are hard on me more than others, but it’s all fair game. I’m open to everybody.”


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