Does Randall Cunningham II remind you of anyone?
At 6-foot-5, the Bishop Gorman senior is a physical marvel at the quarterback position. He’s got a powerful arm, the speed to make plays outside the pocket and the athleticism to leave defenders dizzy in the open field.
If that scouting report sounds familiar, it’s because it runs (literally) in the family. His father, Randall Cunningham Sr., displayed similar talents during his All-American career at UNLV, then took things to an even higher level in the NFL, spending most of his 16-year career with the Philadelphia Eagles (where he won the 1990 NFL MVP) and Minnesota Vikings.
Is the son of the greatest Rebel in history—the manSports Illustrated once dubbed “The Ultimate Weapon”—on the same path? Some of the nation’s top college football coaches seem to think so. Cunningham II, who’s also set state and national records in the high jump and has Olympic aspirations in that sport, has already drawn interest from LSU, Baylor, Mississippi State, Syracuse, Arizona State and UNLV. And that interest started long before any recruiter had a chance to see him as a starting quarterback in high school.
Last year, Cunningham II backed up prolific Gorman QB Anu Solomon, but still managed to put up an impressive line when he got on the field: 21-for-32 passing for 298 yards and two touchdowns, along with 483 rushing yards and seven TDs.
If he can accumulate stats like that in limited action, one can only wonder what he’ll do as Gorman’s full-time starter in 2013. And UNLV fans can only dream about what could be in 2014.