The D Zone

Sunday, February 19, 2017

St. Mary's ATH Kyren Cunningham recalls the best catch of his life and more

Orchard Lake Saint Mary's 2018 LB/RB "ATH" Kyren Cunningham stands at 6'1" 225 lbs and moves well above the speed of anyone his size would.  These intangibles have made Cunningham an intriguing prospect and one who has received three offers while this was published in Mid-February, 2017.

How Cunningham has just 3 offers is dumbfounding, to say the least as Cunningham has ideal size for the LB position and well above average speed for his size as well.  Not to mention he's a vital piece in St. Mary's power run offense, both as a blocker and runner.  Cunningham described his off-season so far as "slow," before adding, "I just added a Ball State offer so that's always a good thing.  I'm just trying get out here and compete at 7 on 7, camps - do whatever to get better, and weight room - getting better."

Cunningham's legacy as an Eaglet will be forever remembered as his touchdown with 4 seconds left vs. a great Muskegon team that lifted St. Mary's to their 3rd Division 3 title in a row.  Cunningham was on the receiving end of a perfectly thrown pass from 2018 QB Caden Prieskorn that was directed low and out of the reach of 2 incoming defenders.  Cunningham described his recollection of the play, "I asked Clay Antshin to switch positions with me, I probably shouldn't have done that because he had a pretty good game and pretty good catches.  But, I asked him to switch with me, so I went out wide and our quarterback Caden Prieskorn just threw it up and I undercut the ball. I caught it and it was the best catch of my life."

Cunningham grabs the game-winning touchdown pass in 2016 D3 Finals

As for the two Muskegon defenders, we asked Cunningham to recall them closing in on him, "I think that the Safety thought the Corner was going to hit me and the Corner thought the Safety was going to hit me, so they ended up both not hitting me."

As for what Cunningham plans to do to get back to the finals, Cunningham said, "we're trying to make the most of the players we have returning.  So we're trying to get in the weight room, push guys who need to get their weight up, and just get out there to try to get a 4-peat."

Cunningham currently holds offers from; Central Michigan, Toledo, and Ball State.  Cunningham mentioned that, Central Michigan and Toledo are looking at him as an Athlete which means he would play a variety of positions including; RB, Slot, or where ever he is needed at. While Ball State has offered him as a LB.

With Cunningham improving his coverage skills this off-season, it will definitely not be the last time you hear Cunningham's name as once he gets on more campuses and summer 1 day camps this year, his offer count should rise and Cunningham will be choosing where he feels best at.

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