The Day of Transfers, and there are at least a couple of more in the offing, begins with an ACC program adding a former player from an SEC school.
On Twitter Wednesday evening, Jordan Cunningham announced that he “will be transferring to the University of North Carolina to continue my college career.” A short time later, UNC confirmed that the wide receiver has transferred into Larry Fedora‘s Tar Heels football program.
Per NCAA transfer rules, Cunningham will be required to sit out the upcoming season even as he will be permitted to practice with his new teammates. He would then have two years of eligibility remaining beginning in 2016.
“NC is a prestigious academic institution that provides an exceptional opportunity at the Kenan Flagler School of Business,” Cunningham wrote in the first of a string of tweets addressing his move. “I thank God, my family, and UNC for this opportunity to continue my journey towards my dreams and aspirations.”
Cunningham moves on to UNC after spending the last two seasons at Vanderbilt.
A four-star member of Vandy’s 2013 recruiting class, Cunningham was rated as the No. 21 receiver in the country and the No. 27 player at any position in the talent-rich state of Florida. Along with quarterback Johnathon McCrary and tight end Mitchell Parsons, he was the highest-rated offensive recruit signed by the Commodores during that recruiting cycle.
As a true freshman under James Franklin, he started six games and caught 15 passes for 123 yards. After Franklin left for Penn State and was replaced by Derek Mason, Cunningham’s production dropped precipitously as he caught just four passes for 27 yards in only three games — but there was a good reason for that precipitous drop. In late September of 2014, it was announced that Cunningham was taking a leave of absence from the football team because of personal reasons; the next month, he decided to transfer from Vandy.
In addition to UNC, Cunningham had also considered transferring to such programs as Cincinnati, Florida, Marshall and Northwestern.