ODU Coach Bobby Wilder with Eric Kumah and Chris Cunningham (Twitter Photo)
The transfer portal has been kind to Old Dominion
by Andy Hilton, recruit757
Earlier in the week, ODU Football scored a coup when they landed one of Virginia Tech’s top receivers in Eric Kumah.
The Woodbridge native entered the NCAA transfer portal and saw Old Dominion as a great option where he could play somewhat close to home and get plenty of touches in a competitive football program.
We noted that he was lobbying former teammate Chris Cunningham of Duval, Fla. to join him. Cunningham had entered the portal as well and it apparently didn’t take long for Cunningham to make the decision.
Cunningham announced on Wednesday that he would be transferring to Old Dominion as well.
"Introduce a little anarchy. Upset the established order, and everything becomes chaos. I'm an agent of chaos…
COMMITTED 💙♠️ pic.twitter.com/JO8X5cFCMd
— Chris Cunningham (@IAM_CC2) April 11, 2019
“Thank you, Hokie Nation for your unwavering support through the gains and losses we endured as a team this season,” Cunningham said. “Thank you to Coach Fuente, and his staff for everything they’ve done for me the past 3 years. I would also like to thank Coach Beamer for giving a kid from Jacksonville the chance of a lifetime. A chance I’ll forever be grateful for. Nevertheless, after lots of consideration I feel as though it is in my best interest to transfer from Virginia Tech. I am looking forward to starting a new chapter where I can excel further, academically and athletically.”
Cunningham (6-2 245) caught seven passes for 74 yards and two touchdowns last season and has 22 catches for 297 yards and seven TDs so far in his career.
According to reports, it’s expected that both Cunningham and Kumah will graduate from Virginia Tech and be available to play at Old Dominion in the fall of 2019 as grad students.
Old Dominion will most certainly be bolstered by the addition of two talented and experienced targets in the passing game. Now, they’ll have to nail down their starting quarterback as last year’s starter, Blake Larussa, announced his departure after the 2018 season in order to enter ministry. Several candidates are fighting for the spot as the Monarchs wrap up spring practice.
The annual Blue/White Spring Game takes place Saturday afternoon at Powhatan Field on the campus of Old Dominion. Admission is free and the scrimmage starts at 3:00 p.m.
– Andy Hilton