By Otis Kirk
Arkansas has landed one of its priority recruits with the addition of Iowa Central Community College offensive tackle Myron Cunningham.
Cunningham, 6-6, 300, chose Arkansas over the other finalist Oklahoma. He announced his decision on Twitter on Tuesday.
After a long period of thinking it over and making sure I made the right decision. I have decided that for the next two years I’ll be continuing my academic and athletic career at The University of Arkansas. #HogsUp #WPS @MarkMods @CoachCraddock @coachdustinfry @coachchadmorris pic.twitter.com/QWTQP98C7o— Myron Cunningham (@CunninghamMyron) December 11, 2018
Arkansas offered Cunningham on Sept. 26. Cunningham now has 15 offers, but at the time of the Razorback offer he only had ones from UAB (July 31), New Mexico State (Sept. 26), Arkansas State (Sept. 23) and Southern Miss (Sept. 19). The Razorbacks made him a priority from the time they offered.
“Out of all the schools that recruited me Arkansas has shown me how much they want me the whole time, really the only one,” Cunningham said. “That’s definitely had some weight in my decision.”
Cunningham also liked other things about the Hogs and was blown away on the official visit last weekend. He was hosted by Ty Clary this past weekend.
“The environment and relationship with players and coaches,” Cunningham added as reasons he chose the Hogs.
He helped the Tritons to an 8-4 record including a 34-20 victory over Monroe College in the Graphic Edge Bowl on Dec. 2. Arkansas’ offensive line coach Dustin Fry attended Cunningham’s bowl game. He likes Fry, who was his lead recruiter.
“I like Coach Fry a lot,” Cunningham said. “He’s a young guy, but I feel like we connected right away. He said I would have the ability to come in and play right away at the left tackle spot so I’m liking it. He’s a cool guy.”
Cunningham is the fourth offensive line scholarship commitment in the Class of 2019. In addition, Searcy’s Andrew Vest, 6-6, 293, has agreed to be a preferred walk-on. The other scholarship commitments are Tyler (Texas) Robert E. Lee’s Beaux Limmer, 6-5, 270; Jenks (Okla.) High School’s Brady Latham, 6-5, 287; and Baton Rouge (La.) University Lab’s Dylan Rathcke, 6-5, 295. Rathcke and Vest were also at Arkansas on official visits last weekend.
Arkansas will also learn the status of Lackawanna (Pa.) Community College offensive tackle Chibueze Nwanna, 6-8, 320, on Wednesday at 2 p.m. Central. Nwanna also was at Arkansas this past weekend on an official visit. His decision is down to the Hogs and Maryland.
The other offers for Cunningham and when they were given are Nebraska (Oct. 3), Pittsburgh (Oct. 5), Indiana (Oct. 11), Mississippi State (Oct. 24), Missouri (Oct. 24), Texas (Oct. 22), Arizona (Oct. 24), Kentucky (Oct. 26), Rutgers (Oct. 26) and Oklahoma (Oct. 23).
Cunningham and Vest are both midterm enrollees as is Nwanna. Cunningham is No. 71 in the photo below. Vest is 73, quarterback KJ Jefferson 2, Rathcke 75, linebacker Sci Martin 49, Nwanna 60 and then kneeling is wide receiver T.Q. Jackson.
Cunningham played his high school football at Warren G. Harding High School in Warren, Ohio. The early signing period is Dec. 19-21.