Oscar Smith (Chesapeake, VA) junior wide receiver Quinta Funderburk , owner of double-digit official FBS scholarship offers including Alabama, Florida, North Carolina, Virginia and Virginia Tech, does not seem in a rush to make a verbal commitment despite offers from some of the top programs in the country.
“I don’t jump at a school just because of the name,” said Funderburk, one of the top overall prospects in the state. “I want to see what’s best for me. It doesn’t matter if it’s a big name or not.”
Location won’t be a big factor for the 6-2, 200-pound prospect, who “wants to get away from home.” This fact, however, does not necessarily discount in-state schools Virginia and Virginia Tech.
“It’s not a big deal,” Funderburk said. “It might be a chance I stay in the state. I might be visiting Virginia Tech this weekend.”
Funderburk offered his impressions of the Hokies and Cavaliers.
“Virginia Tech is a good program and they’ve been making a lot of bowl appearances,” he said. “Virginia has got a new coach and they seem like they could be pretty good in the near future. They are building up the program now.”
The talented wideout has not visited either in-state FBS program, but he has visited four out-of-state schools this year including Alabama, North Carolina, Rutgers and Syracuse. He reflected on his recent experience at Alabama, where former teammate Phillip Sims is a true freshman quarterback.
“They were all cool,” Funderburk said. “They threw the ball a lot more at the Spring Game. There will be three open spots at receiver. The receivers behind the starters are okay. The coaches were real with me. They told me I’d have to compete to get a starting spot as a freshman. Coach Saban says the best players play.”
Asked if he had any favorites, Funderburk answered, “No. I don’t have any right now.”
He is looking forward to the Evaluation Period and speaking with college coaches, hoping to get a better sense of who is recruiting him.
“I’m going to try to figure out some of these coaches. Some try to tell you what you want to hear, so I want to figure out if they are being real,” Funderburk said. “Most of the coaches tell me they want me to be an impact player and...
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