Funderburk talks early favorites

2014 safety Daejuan Funderburk out of Washington (D.C.) Friendship Collegiate Academy holds a pair of scholarships. The 6-foot-1, 180-pounder claims five favorites early in the process.
"I still have two offers from Georgia Tech and Tennessee, those are the two I know of right now," he said. "My coach says I have more, but he wouldn't tell me yet."
However, Funderburk is aware of other interest.
"I know Wisconsin has asked for transcripts," he said. "I also know Michigan State, Florida State and Notre Dame have been looking."
According to Funderburk, five schools stand out at this point.
"My dream schools are Oregon and Florida State," he said. "The reason I like Florida State is because of their defense. They have a tough defense and they recruit well in the defensive backfield. I think I could be one of those prospects for them next year.
"As for Oregon, it's their uniforms and the way they play and put up points on teams. They don't have too many defensive players and I could be a nice defensive player to make an impact for them."
Funderburk noted that three other teams are right in the mix.
"My top five would be those two along with Wisconsin, Tennessee and Georgia Tech," he said. "My first offer was from Tennessee and my teammate Jalen Tabor also likes Tennessee. We talk about it, if we'd go there together.
"I like the city of Atlanta. I've been there once before, but not to the campus at Georgia Tech. I'm always hearing it's so nice.
"With Wisconsin, it just seems like they are giving me a golden ticket. They were the first school to ask for my transcripts and I think they could be offering soon. They are showing a lot of interest and sending the most mail now."
At this time, Funderburk has no visits planned in the near future.
On the season, Funderburk has helped his team to the playoffs.
"The season is going well," he said. "I just got the starting position at safety. I was playing a lot of special teams as I got more used to the system here.
"I've started the last couple weeks and I can tell I've really improved my skills. Every day I'm getting better and my footwork has improved. It's a step-by-step process and I just know where the ball is. I've gotten better."