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Success Attracted South Park’s Parker Cunningham to James Madison



Parker Cunningham

When South Park offensive lineman Parker Cunningham traveled to James Madison on June 8 for camp, he felt that could be his future home and all he was waiting for was an offer.

“I had been thinking about it for a while if I had gotten it. The level of success their program has really attracted me,” Cunningham told Pittsburgh Sports Now.

Once that offer finally rolled in, it took only 48 hours for Cunningham to pledge his commitment to the Dukes.

 “They waited until all their camps were done to make a decision on which o-lineman they would take from camp and I earned and offer, so it did mean a lot to me,” Cunningham said.

James Madison provides a perfect blend of academics, facilities and great coaches for the 6-foot-4, 290-pound offensive lineman, but it’s the success on the field that is hard to pass up.

“Being able to go play on a high stage and compete for Sun Belt championships and a chance to compete in the College Football Playoff means a lot,” Cunningham said.

The Dukes recently made the jump to the Division I FBS level in 2022 and have gone 19-5 in that span. Now, new head coach Bob Chesney and his staff will look to continue that success.

“I believe that coach Chesney and coach [Chris] Smith are good coaches and they are going to keep their program going. It also means a lot to be a part of their first recruiting class,” Cunningham said.

The rising senior at South Park has had a long recruiting process that featured more than 20 D-I offers including Buffalo, Maine, Princeton, Bucknell, Penn, Dartmouth, Duquesne, Robert Morris and others.

Luckily for Parker, he had his brother Troy — another 2025 prospect with multiple offers — there alongside him through it all.

“It is great having Troy come with me and we push each other in the offseason. It’s been great having the support system like this,” Parker said.

With his college decision made, Cunningham can continue to focus on working towards his senior season as he prepares to play at JMU.

Sandy Schall, Coldwell Banker
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