Those schools joined an already solid list of Football Bowl Subdivision programs in the hunt for Funderburk, who also has scholarship offers from Florida State, Tennessee, Ole Miss and Arizona, among others. Funderburk joins cornerbacks Jalen Tabor and D’Andre Payne as the third high-profile recruit in Friendship’s secondary.
“He’s different than the corners,” said Abdul-Rahim. “He’s faster when the ball is in the air…he’s a ball tracker.”
It’s been a steady ascent for Funderburk since his junior season began back in September, as he was a part-time starter last season and didn’t begin to come into his own until late in the season. Abdul-Rahim said Funderburk took major strides against quality opponents, starting against Bergen Catholic and Paramus Catholic, two New Jersey powers that gave Funderburk a chance to cut his teeth against talented offenses. He made several plays on the ball against Paramus running back and wide receiver Jabrill Peppers, one of the country’s best prospects in the Class of 2014, and from that point Abdul-Rahim was convinced he had a budding star on his hands.
Funderburk is 6-foot-1, 185-pounds, and “passes the eyeball test,” according to Abdul-Rahim. He’s also still only 16 years old, and a player whose talent is becoming more and more noticeable as time wears on, as shown with last week’s burst in recruiting activity.
“They know about this kid, Jabrill Peppers, he’s like the number one recruit in the country at Paramus,” Abdul-Rahim said, “and Funderburk made a couple tackles on him [last season], and played a pretty good game. So his star rises.”