TA Cunningham is the top-ranked defensive lineman in the 2024 class and the second-best player overall in California. according to 247Sports. However, he is in a legal battle over his right to play.
During the offseason, Cunningham transferred from Johns Creek (Ga.) to Los Alamitos (Calif.), one of the top high school teams in the country that featured highly-touted quarterback Malachi Nelson.
But the local authorities have ruled that Cunningham cannot play.
According to a Kyle Bonagura reports on ESPN, Cunningham filed an injunction Tuesday in Orange County Superior Court seeking to overturn a California Interscholastic Federation Southern Section ruling last week that ruled it inadmissible. Cunningham’s filing states that CIF did not provide a written explanation for its decision.
The court order requires an immediate order to allow Cunningham to participate in tonight’s game. Los Alamitos has to visit Santa Margarita (California) with a score of 4:0. starting at 7:00 p.m
Cunningham’s attorney, Michael Caspino, argued that he is a victim.
“Caspino told ESPN that after providing CIF-SS attorneys with a statement to prove Cunningham’s hardships on Wednesday, CIF-SS moved the bars. According to Caspino, a CIF-SS representative told him that while the organization no longer disputed Cunningham’s hardship claim, it had opened an undue influence investigation, during which Cunningham would remain ineligible.
Cunningham (6-foot-6, 265 pounds) is one of the hottest recruits in his class and has offers from nearly every major college football program in the country except Alabama.
So far, Cunningham has offers from 59 colleges, including Arizona State, Oregon, Oregon State, California, USC, UCLA, Michigan, Miami and Georgia. For now, Oklahoma is considered the favorite to land his commitment.
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