Many high-school seniors making their college decision on national signing day haven't thought very far beyond that decision, which admittedly is one of the biggest of their lives. And that's normal to be focused on that college decision and not much else, since we're talking about mostly 17- and 18-year old kids.
Not Cunningham. He picked Vanderbilt as his college choice, even though he had offers from just about every big-name FBS program, with his 50-year plan in mind.
Yes, 50. There's no denying the young man has the big picture in mind.
ESPNU, via Bleacher Report, told the story of Cunningham and his plan. He wants a college football career, an engineering degree and then will go on to be an entrepreneur. He picked Vanderbilt over many, many schools. He had options as Rivals.com's 21st-ranked wide receiver prospect. His list of interested schools included practically every major football program in the nation.
Vanderbilt isn't a SEC power (but it is an improving program under coach James Franklin), but Cunningham was drawn to the school's academic prowess:
"The academics, that was a big deal to me," Cunningham told ESPNU, according to Bleacher Report. "Football is going to end at some point. You have to have a backup plan. You have to have a degree to fall back on. You can get hurt at any moment, and you could decide that you don't want to play anymore."
That's a pretty nice story. Many football players much older than Cunningham don't have that kind of perspective. If he stays on task, it's easy to see Cunningham being a success off the field, and maybe catching more than a few passes for the Commodores as well.
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