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Heavily pursued Florida RB talks Clemson, season

Andrew Cunningham

Tampa (Fla.) Cambridge Christian running back Andrew Cunningham carries numerous Power Five offers as a junior, and more appear inevitable moving forward.

The 2018 three-star prospect is being recruited as both a running back and athlete, and he displayed his athletic abilities during his junior season, rushing for around 1,300 yards on just 107 carries while also playing receiver and a hybrid linebacker position on defense.

 “Personally I think I did pretty well,” Cunningham said during an interview with The Clemson Insider. “Played on both sides of the ball. I did my job on offense, did my job on defense with tackles, had some forced fumbles this year. So, overall I think I had a good year, and overall I think we had a pretty good season going 11-1.”

Cunningham has offers from the likes of Louisville, Kentucky, Indiana, Maryland, N.C. State and Rutgers among 19 total Division I offers, and he positioned himself on Clemson’s recruiting radar over the summer with a strong showing at the Dabo Swinney Football Camp.

During his time on campus, Cunningham began to build a relationship with Clemson co-offensive coordinator and running backs coach Tony Elliott.

“I talked to coach Elliott every day,” Cunningham told TCI after the camp. “We talked about things I could work on, and he said he really likes me. Me and coach Elliott have a real good bond.”

Cunningham hasn’t had many opportunities to talk to Elliott because of the busyness of their respective seasons, but he hopes to hear more from Elliott and Clemson in the offseason.

“I think I’ll have a lot more time on my hands to get in touch with coaches,” Cunningham said. “Once his season ends for Clemson and the bowl game, he’ll have a lot more time to get in contact with a lot of recruits.”

 “I hope I can continue to build a good relationship with coach Elliott,” Cunningham continued. “He’s a great coach and an even better person.”

An offer from Clemson would be a significant development in Cunningham’s recruiting process.

“It would mean a lot. They’re not the type of school to 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 it would be a big honor to be offered by Clemson.”

Earlier this season, Cunningham attended Clemson’s game against Florida State in Tallahassee and also attended Florida State’s game against South Florida in Tampa.

Cunningham said Louisville, Rutgers, Indiana, Kentucky and N.C. State are recruiting him the hardest right now.

Are any schools sticking out to the 6-foot-1, 205-pounder?

“I don’t really have any leaders right now,” Cunningham said.

Despite his success on the field and in his recruitment, Cunningham isn’t getting complacent as he looks ahead to his senior season.

“I have some pretty high goals as in my season next year,” Cunningham said. “I know they’re going to be relying on me a lot, so I look forward to a good offseason this summer, working on the simple things ad improving as a student-athlete overall.”

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