Friendship Collegiate safety Dae Juan Funderburk is set to become the second Knights defensive back to commit to a school in as many weeks Friday, and will choose between West Virginia and Miami on the same day he is scheduled to take an official visit in Morgantown.
The visit to West Virginia marks the final task in Funderburk’s recruitment, which took a turn in September when he de-committed from Temple. He expects to go through his entire visit before making an announcement, he said Thursday night.
“It’s based off of my decision … how my [future] coach feels about me and my family,” Funderburk said.
It has been a busy month on the recruiting trail for Friendship defensive backs. Friday’s announcement comes on the heels of Friendship corner Jalen Tabor’s commitment to Florida last week, which came just a week after he had pledged to Arizona. Junior Ashton White committed to Virginia Tech in December, just days after the Knights made their second consecutive appearance in the DCSAA title game.
The 6-foot-1, 188-pound Funderburk initially committed to Temple over the summer, only to rescind that pledge in September after getting “cold feet.” Along with the Hurricanes and Mountaineers, he was considering Maryland, Wisconsin, Kentucky and Arizona before cutting down the list earlier this month.
“I just had to re-think my decision,” Funderburk said.
He didn’t make a visit to Miami, but he said he “understands the U,” and is attracted by how the program has turned around the last two years. He’s built relationships with several players at West Virginia, and the coaches there “are supportive. They really care about you,” he said.
A gifted athlete that is equally physical and mobile, Funderburk recorded two interceptions this season and established himself as a ball-hawk for a defense littered with college prospects. After transferring from Northwood following his sophomore season, Funderburk made a name for himself as a junior after cracking the Friendship starting lineup midway through the 2012 season. He is rated as a three-star prospect by ESPN, and Rivals.com considers him the District’s fourth-best player in the class of 2014.
More highlights of Funderburk can be seen here.
NUMBER CRUNCH: 54
Points scored by National Collegiate guard Danzel Wright in Thursday’s win over Thurgood Marshall. Wright, who has been on a scoring frenzy as of late, hit 10 three-pointers.
– Freshman Tatyana Carver was in the right place at the right time Thursday night, scoring the game-winning layup in the final seconds as No. 6 Elizabeth Seton stunned No. 2 Paul VI on its home floor.
– The Martin Luther King Jr. holiday weekend will provide a national stage for many area teams this weekend, including Paul VI and DeMatha.
– Loudoun County volleyball coach Jenica Brown, who led the Raiders to six state titles in 12 years, has stepped down.
–North Point running back Marquel Dickerson committed to Buffalo shortly before the New Year, and plans to represent more than just his name for the Bulls next season.
VIDEO OF THE DAY
Here’s fresh footage from North Point’s big win over Great Mills Wednesday, which gave the Eagles control of first place in the Southern Maryland Athletic Conference.
WHAT TO WATCH TODAY
Boys Basketball: No. 12 Maret at No. 19 St. Andrew’s, 5:45 p.m.