There hasn't been a more impressive team in California this year than Sacramento (Calif.) Grant. The Pacers are currently 3-0, ranked No. 5 in the state and are coming of a 40-7 thrashing of defending CIF Central Coast Section champion Valley Christian. One player who has looked very good this season is offensive lineman Devan Cunningham.
Grant opened the season with a 14-7 win over a very good Bakersfield team that was ranked No. 40 in the nation in the pre-season Student Sports Fab 50 poll. The Pacers haven't looked back and along with Cunningham, 6-6, 310 pounds, have five legit high Div I prospects on the squad this season.
"We've played very well so far," Cunningham said. "The win over Bakersfield gave us a lot of confidence. That was a physical game and their defense was very tough. Our backs ran hard and we pulled out the win. Against Valley Christian, we basically just pounded them all game."
Cunningham has great size, long arms and can move. He does need to add strength, as most high school lineman do, and plays high at times but we do like his upside and think he has the ideal frame to play guard or tackle at the next level. He plays right tackle for Grant.
On the recruiting front, Cunningham will take his first official visit this weekend to San Diego State.
"They're recruiting me as hard as anyone right now," Cunningham said. "I'm looking forward to the trip and excited to see what my first visit will be like. We play Friday night so I'll get out there on Saturday. They have a night game with Utah so it should work out perfectly.
"I also have a visit set with Fresno State for (Dec. 15). The last three I'm going to keep open. I do want to take all five and I'm still looking at Cal, Colorado, Arizona, basically, I'm open to anyone who wants to recruit me. I'm just looking for a place where I'll be comfortable with the players and coaches on the team as well as the area where I'll be leaving. Distance isn't too much of a factor for me although I'm sure my family would like to see me stay close to home."