Friendship Collegiate’s Dae Juan Funderburk excited to be back ‘on the market’


Friendship Collegiate safety Dae Juan Funderburk (right) de-committed from Temple earlier this summer and is now considering Maryland, Arizona and Wisconsin, among others. (Photo by Jonathan Newton / The Washington Post)

On the same day that he posted eight tackles and two forced fumbles, along with a fumble recovery in a 32-6 win over St. Frances, Friendship Collegiate’s Dae Juan Funderburk also confirmed that he is de-committing from Temple and re-opening his recruitment this spring.

The 6-foot-1, 190-pound safety had initially pledged to the Owls in early July, insisting that the school would “become elite in the the future.” He backed out of the commitment several weeks later, and said he is now considering Wisconsin, West Virginia, Arizona, Kentucky, Rutgers and Maryland. He plans an official visit to Arizona on Nov. 23, when the Wildcats host Oregon. Funderburk’s teammate at Friendship, Jonathan Haden, committed to Arizona earlier this spring.

“At first, I just wanted to go to [Temple] and possibly be the man there, instead of just going to a BCS school and learning from from experience,” Funderburk said. “Being on the market, its just a sigh of relief. Just knowing you can focus on the season, instead of worrying about the commitment and all that.”

Funderburk has been at the center of Friendship’s dominant 2-0 start. The Knights defense shutout Atlantic (Fla.) last week at home, and of Funderburk’s eight tackles Sunday against St. Frances, two were for a loss. Friendship’s secondary boasts two of the country’s best cornerback prospects in senior Jalen Tabor and junior Ashton White, but after a junior season in which he had to ride the bench and pay his dues, Funderburk has built himself into a coveted prospect himself. Now he just make a decision in the coming months.

“I feel faster, footwork is better, I’m stronger,” Funderburk said. “Just one offseason, it can do alot.”

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Roman Stubbs covers the University of Maryland athletics for The Washington Post.

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Roman Stubbs · September 2, 2013