During a spring practice, KSHP-AM radio personality Harvey Hyde -- Randall Cunningham's head coach at UNLV -- watched the Bishop Gorman (Nevada) High team from the sideline.

He saw a quarterback with his former player's lanky build, elongated arm motion, gliding stride and otherworldly athleticism.

Experiencing a profound case of déjà vu, Hyde turned to Bishop Gorman head coach Tony Sanchez.

"Oh my God, Coach," he said, "I'm seeing his dad all over again."

Call him Randall Cunningham 2.0, RC II -- as the Baylor coaches have dubbed him as an homage to RG III -- or just Randall Cunningham II.

The progeny closely resembles his father, the cannon-armed scrambler who rushed for 4,928 yards and threw for nearly 30,000 during a thrilling 16-year NFL career.

"He looks so much like me that it's scary," Randall Cunningham said. "If you took my picture from college and put it next to him, the only difference is he's a little lighter than I was."

Taller than his 6-4 father, Randall Cunningham II may have even greater potential than the four-time Pro Bowler, whom Sports Illustrated labeled "The Ultimate Weapon" in a 1989 cover story. The 17-year-old quarterback is 6-6, 180 pounds and runs the 40 in 4.5 to 4.6 seconds. His father ran a 4.7 to 4.8 40 at Santa Barbara (Calif.) High.

"He's already way better than I was," Cunningham said. "When I was in high school, I was definitely not as fast as him ... My arm was about as strong as his arm, maybe a little bit stronger."

Cunningham II, though, disputes the latter notion.

When they were younger, father and son used to go to a park and place a plastic chair at various distances. Whoever could hit the chair with a football first would receive $5 or get a free dinner. Father routinely won the booty, but RC II has improved.

"I could win it now," he said.

He not only has his father's arm but also his legs. Cunningham II is an elite high jumper with a personal best of 7-foot, 3 1/4-inches, a mark that would've ranked seventh in the 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials.

Cunningham II plans to play both sports in college and perhaps beyond.

"The Olympics has always been one of my goals," he said. "(The Games of) 2016 would definitely be something I'd like to participate in."

His father has guided him in both track and football. In the latter sport, Cunningham, a 50-year-old pastor at Remnant Ministries, taught him how to go through his quarterback reads and properly release a football.

But much of Cunningham's game could not be coached.

Cunningham II has seen many of the highlights. His favorite is a 3rd-and-14 play against the Bills in 1990 when Cunningham ducks to avoid getting sacked by Bruce Smith in the end zone before launching a 95-yard touchdown, which travelled 60 yards through the air, to Eagles receiver Fred Barnett.

Considering that football pedigree and his own transcendent athleticism, it seems astounding that Cunningham II had not even started a varsity game until this ­­-- his senior season.

But after sitting out as a transfer to Gorman, he was stuck behind Anu Solomon -- now playing at Arizona -- who won 56 of 60 games during his four years and threw for 2,849 yards, 35 touchdowns and five interceptions last season.

"Solomon was phenomenal," Gorman safety Armand Perry said. "Now it's Randall's time to shine."


He had failed on his first two attempts, hitting the bar on each jump at the Nevada State Championships on May 18.

Down to his last jump, Cunningham II still aimed to break the all-time state mark of 7 feet.

He stepped back with his left leg, then moved it forward, raised up on his toes and then stepped back again with his left leg. He glided toward his mark before exploding upward and effortlessly bending himself over the bar to reach 7 feet and 1/2 inch.

"He went for it all," said Scott Cooley, Gorman's head track and assistant football coach. "He has done some of his best work in the biggest situations."

Cunningham II ultimately set the record with a 7-foot, 3 1/4-inch jump, the best mark by any high schooler in the nation this year.

He has already topped his father, whose personal best was 6-9 before a knee injury prevented him from trying to surpass that height during his senior year at Santa Barbara.

Cunningham also had the disadvantage of not having a high jump coach. Self-taught, he learned through trial and error and has applied those lessons to Cunningham II and his other pupils.

His son's jumping coach for more than six years, Cunningham also serves the same role at Gorman where he coaches his daughter, Vashti, a sophomore.

The leaping trait runs through the family. In the 15-16 age group, Vashti won the national championship at the AAU Junior Olympics this summer. Her April jump of 6 feet and 1/4 inches was one of the best in the nation this year.

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As part of a close-knit, religious family, Vashti and Randall have two sisters -- Grace (11) and Sophia (1). Their mother and Randall's wife, Felicity, was born in South Africa and used to be a professional ballet dancer.

The family's other child, Christian, was 2 in June 2010 when he accidentally drowned in their backyard hot tub -- where Cunningham has performed baptisms.

When Cunningham II tapes his ankles for football, he writes his brother's initials -- C.C. -- in marker.

"I always think about him," he said. "I always pray about it."


During a phone conversation with the Baylor staff, the coaches called him "RC II." From then on all of Baylor's recruiting letters have referred to him that way.

A catchy nickname was born.

Cunningham II looks up to RG III, the former Baylor quarterback, as a player and a person and says the nickname is "awesome," but the RC II moniker has not really caught on with his peers.

"Some guys on the team call him that to mess around, but we mainly just call him Randall," Perry said. "It's more of a media thing."

Though RC II does not know when he will commit, he is interested in Arizona, Arizona State, Baylor, LSU, UCLA and USC, and each has offered a scholarship. Despite Cunningham II's speed and length, all of the schools are recruiting him as a quarterback, and Sanchez sees him as a great fit in the read-option schemes, which have become prevalent in college football.

Cunningham II is also looking for a school with a strong track program.

"If a college tells him he can't run track," Cunningham said, "he probably won't choose that college."

UNLV, the local school that Cunningham attended, does not have a men's track program, but RC II said UNLV is a "possibility." His father, though, won't push him toward his Runnin' Rebels or any school, calling it "his decision."

Despite the major college attention and the famous bloodlines, Cunningham II is a respectful kid, befitting the son of a pastor. According to Sanchez, he doesn't ever curse. Cunningham II responded to a reporter's follow-up questions by texting "thank you."

"You would never know that he is being so heavily recruited," Cooley said. "He's very humble. He's reserved."

But he still acts like a typical teenager when he cracks up his teammates by performing the Dougie and goofy dance moves in the locker room.


Although Cunningham II did not start during 2012, the end of that state championship season served as a fitting prelude to this one.

With the Gaels having scored 49 unanswered points in their 63-10 state title game against Liberty High, Sanchez inserted his backups.

Cunningham II ran for the game's last score with 4:53 left to play, a 19-yard touchdown where he vaulted from five yards out of the end zone to showcase both his leaping ability and nimble feet.

"It's amazing to me how fast he is after that first step," Sanchez said. "That second or third step hits the ground, and it's like he goes into light speed."

To maximize Cunningham II's intergalactic quickness, Sanchez will try to incorporate a lot of read-option and pistol looks in addition to the pro-style, West Coast offense that Gorman typically runs.

That offense is still a work in progress. Gorman lost, 28-21, to Mountain Pointe High (an Arizona state finalist last year) on Aug. 23 while Cunningham II completed 5 of 12 passes for 98 yards and a touchdown and rushed 17 times for 98 yards and a touchdown.

That Week 1 game, which was televised nationally on Fox Sports 1, is just part of Gorman's grueling schedule. The Gaels will play Booker T. Washington (Fla.) High (USA Today's No. 1 ranked team); Bergen Catholic High (a New Jersey state finalist that beat Gorman last season) and California heavyweights Servite High, Santa Margarita Catholic High and Crespi Carmelite High.

"Our schedule is as tough as there is in the country," Sanchez said. "We play anybody, anytime, anywhere."

Gorman has the talent to match.

In addition to Cunningham II, the Gaels feature blue-chip players Perry, who has committed to Arizona State; tight end Alize Jones, a 6-4, 222-pounder; offensive tackle Nick Gates, who Alabama has offered a scholarship, and four-year starter, defensive tackle Zack Singer. That group will try to lead Gorman to its fifth straight state title.

To be part of such a nationally known program is why Cunningham II transferred to the Catholic prep school after starting at quarterback for the Silverado High junior varsity as a freshman.

"Bishop Gorman had the best education in Nevada," Cunningham II said. "(It) has the best football team on the West Coast and great coaches and great legacies, so that's definitely something I wanted to be a part of."

That may dispel rumors that his father, the offensive coordinator at Silverado, had issues with the Silverado coaching staff, leading to Cunningham II's transfer.

Cunningham comes to Gorman practice about three times a week, but he doesn't serve as a coach. So it will be up to Sanchez to develop Cunningham II as the Gaels look to continue their dominance of the state.

After Solomon graduated, Cunningham II eagerly grabbed his No. 12 jersey -- also the number his father wore for the Eagles from 1985 to 1995 -- and his reins on the Gorman team.

"The torch has been passed," Sanchez said.

The coach just as easily could've been referring to a son succeeding his father.

-- Follow Jeff Fedotin on Twitter @JFedotin.