Fleming Island High School offensive lineman Braden Cunningham announced his commitment to the Florida Atlantic Owls on his Twitter Monday afternoon.
“All Glory to God! 100% Committed! Thank you to everyone who helped me get to this point! I’m not done yet,” said Cunningham.
The 6-foot, 315-pound lineman committed to the Owls before his official visit scheduled on June 18-20. Cunningham chose the Owls over Georgia Southern, Massachusetts, Bowling Green and Western Kentucky. Cunningham is also the first D1 commit under the new Fleming Island head coach Chad Parker.
Cunningham was voted to the 2022 Clay County Coaches All-County Second Team for his performance at left and right guard for the best offensive line in Clay County last season. Cunningham however is the only returner because Timothy Lawrence and Ethan Williams, Ethan Hoffstetter and Michael Zeray graduated in the spring.
Based on the film from Fleming Island’s 28-7 spring game victory over the Middleburg Broncos, Cunningham looks to be the Golden Eagles left tackle to protect quarterback Cibastian Broughton. Cunningham also does weightlifting for the Golden Eagles and posted videos on his Twitter where he hit a 295-pound clean and jerk and a 365-pound bench press.
Cunningham is currently not ranked on 247Sports or On3. However, he has not played his senior season yet and could end the 2023 season as a high-rated prospect on multiple recruiting websites.
Fleming Island’s new head coach is known around the region for getting players to the next level. One of his most recent players who received national attention is defensive back Sharif Denson, a Florida Gators enrollee who could see significant playing time in his freshman season this fall.