Arkansas Gets Funder-Struck

The University of Arkansas caps off a great recruiting weekend by landing the commitment of Virginia prep wideout Quinta Funderburk (6-5, 204, 4.5) - one of the nation's best wide receivers - to go along with Saturday's pledge of one of the nation's best tight ends in fellow four-star Chris Barnett (6-6, 250) of Hurst (Texas) Bell.

It's unlikely that University of Arkansas head coach Bobby Petrino is an AC/DC fan.

But one can guess he's really excited about being Funder-Struck to use a play on words when it comes to one of that band's greatest songs.

Chesapeake (VA) Oscar F. Smith standout Quinta Funderburk (6-5, 204, 4.5), one of the nation's best receivers, capped off a sensational weekend for the Razorbacks when he went public with his commitment to Arkansas on Sunday.

"I had known from the time that I took my official visit up there that Arkansas was going to be the right place for me," Funderburk said. "But I wanted to take a couple of other visits and just make sure. I am sure. I want to be Razorback and a think it is going to be a great place for me to go to college and play football."

Funderburk, the nation's 18th-best wideout according to Scout.com who also took official visits to Florida and Michigan, joined a fellow four star prospect in Hurst (Texas) Bell tight end Chris Barnett (6-6, 250, 4.2) in committing to Arkansas this weekend.

He took his official visit to Arkansas on Sept. 25-27 when the Razorbacks played Alabama, who had also offered the wide receiver along with USC, Penn State, Virginia Tech, West Virginia and some 20 other big-time schools.

"Arkansas just had everything I needed in a college," Funderburk said. "Great academics, great coaches, great players, a great offense and great fans. I really like how much they throw the ball and how it gets spread around to all the receivers. That makes you hard to stop."

Funderburk and Barnett give the Razorbacks' 22 public pledges in the 2011 class and should lift them up in both the SEC and national recruiting rankings – of which they were already in the top 20.

"I think we are really putting together a great class at Arkansas and I am very excited I am going to be a part of it. I really think the coaching staff is putting together a team that can win both the SEC and national championship."

Funderburk has 46 catches for over 1,000 yards and 9 touchdowns this season for a 7-1 team.

"I think my biggest strength is how well I catch the ball in traffic and how I am able to get yards after the catch," Funderburk said "I also think I am a very good route runner.

"My biggest weakness coming into the season was my blocking, but I have worked hard on that and think it is now a strength, too."

Funderburk caught 62 passes for 1,150 yards and 12 touchdowns as a junior.

He announced his intention to have a banner senior campaign with 7 catches for 244 yards and 3 touchdowns in his team's season opener in the Herbstreit Classic.

That game occurred at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, a place Funderburk will play yearly now as the Razorbacks annually take on Texas A&M there in the Southwest Classic.

"I'm just excited about everything about the Razorbacks," Funderburk said. "They play I a great league and have a great schedule. I am really happy with my decision and I think it is going to be a great place for me."










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