Malik Cunningham plays quarterback for his high school, but when he attended Alabama’s practice last Friday, he was focused on the Crimson Tide’s safeties.
Cunningham, a three-star athlete from Park Crossing High School (Montgomery, Ala.), doesn’t have an offer from Alabama just yet, but if he gets the chance to play for the Tide, it will come at safety.
He’s confident he will receive an offer soon because his strongest relationship with any college coach is with Alabama defensive backs coach Derrick Ansley.
“That was my recruiter at Kentucky so we have a pretty good relationship,” Cunningham told SEC Country. “He was straight-up with me and was like they will be back in the spring and they would offer once they see me work out at safety.”
The 6-foot-1, 185-pounder spent most of his recent time on the Alabama campus hanging out with Ansley. Cunningham said he’s comfortable around the coach because the two share a similar upbringing.
“He came up just like me,” Cunningham said. “He grew up near my hometown and we just have a lot in common.”
Though Alabama has not yet offered him, Cunningham said if the Tide did, they would join his top schools along with LSU and Georgia.
LSU remains the leader for Cunningham because the Tigers have offered him the opportunity to play quarterback. That’s his preference, but he said he would strongly consider switching positions if Alabama delivers an offer.
“It’s a business down there and I like that,” Cunningham said of Alabama. “I just want the best opportunity to get on the field for real.”
Cunningham is planning return trips to Tuscaloosa this spring and summer, but dates have not been set.
He is rated as the state of Alabama’s No. 28 prospect.
All rankings are provided by the 247Sports composite.
Chris Kirschner covers Alabama football recruiting for SECCountry.com and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Follow him on Twitter for the latest on who’s on their way to play in Bryant-Denny.