Oscar Smith WR Reeling In Big-Time Offers

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“Shocked.” That was Quinta Funderburk ‘s answer when asked how he felt about the seven official scholarship offers he has received. The 6-2, 200-pound junior, the latest talented wide receiver out of Oscar Smith High School (Chesapeake, VA), boasts official scholarship offers from Alabama, Florida, Maryland, North Carolina, Virginia, Virginia Tech and West Virginia.

“I didn’t expect all this,” said Funderburk, who added that he is wide open right now.

Funderburk does not plan on making a decision soon, but he does plan on making some visits.

“I plan on making visits to Alabama and Florida over spring break,” Funderburk said. “I’m going to Rutgers for a 7-on-7 tournament [this Saturday].”

Oscar Smith’s top two 2010 class prospects, quarterback Phillip Sims (Alabama) and defensive tackle Evan Hailes (Penn State), picked schools outside of the Commonwealth. Funderburk has yet to visit either in-state FBS program (although Oscar Smith did play the 2008 Group AAA, Division 6 state title game at Lane Stadium), but he is open to Virginia and Virginia Tech.

“I can see myself at Virginia Tech,” Funderburk said. “I’ve liked Virginia Tech for a while. And also UVa.”

An AP and VHSCA second-team all-state selection last season, Funderburk hauled in 62 receptions for over 1,200 yards and 12 touchdowns in helping the Tigers to an undefeated regular season, a Southeastern district title and an appearance in the state semifinals. Despite the great season, the talented wideout is anything but content.

“I’m going to work on consistency and catching,” said Funderburk, who is following in the footsteps of former Oscar Smith great receivers such as Kerry Boykins (Maryland), Todd Harrelson (UNC) and Tim Smith (UVa). “I thought I was all right last year, but it wasn’t the best I can do. I did a good job of taking a short gain and taking it to the distance. I guess I would’ve felt better if we had won the state championship.”

Whenever he gets to college, Funderburk feels he’ll be well prepared after playing at Oscar Smith.

“Coach Morgan trained us to play on the college level. I know I still have a lot to learn, though,”

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