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‘The best I’ve ever coached’

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MOODY, Ala. -- So far, the big offers haven’t started rolling in for Zach Cunningham. But the linebacker from Pinson Valley in Pinson, Ala., is having a monster senior season and top programs are starting to take notice.

Last Friday, Cunningham had 23 tackles, two sacks and an interception he returned for a touchdown in a 41-14 win over Moody.

His season numbers are even more eye-popping. In nine games he has 140 tackles (more than 15 per game), 29 tackles-for-loss, 10 sacks, one interception for a touchdown and three blocked punts.

“He’s unstoppable,” Pinson Valley coach Matt Glover said. “It’s every game. I don’t know what colleges are looking for. If they’re looking for a football player, he’s it. He’s the best I’ve ever coached.”

Cunningham, 6-foot-4 and 205 pounds, has offers from UAB, Samford and Alabama State. But he’s receiving interest from several bigger programs including Auburn, Alabama, Mississippi State, Tennessee, Vanderbilt, Middle Tennessee State and Chattanooga.

Cunningham feels like he’s on the verge of several more offers.

“I feel like with this, more college coaches are going to start looking at me and more offers are going to start coming in,” he said.

He’s really hoping to pick up an offer from an SEC school and have an opportunity to compete against the best players in the country.

“That would mean I’m finally going to make it. I think if I’m good enough to go to an SEC school then I’m good enough to go to the NFL later on in life,” he said.

Cunningham is more than just a tackling machine. He has a 3.3 GPA and aspires to be a well-rounded athlete in college.

“What’s important to me is education because if football doesn’t work out, you could get hurt or anything could happen, so I’m really looking forward to getting an education in college,” he said.




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