Nine offers for Michigan TE

Nebraska is looking for a weapon at the tight end position. It's a little bit of a mystery how Nebraska has featured the tight end in multiple tight end sets and how they haven't pulled in that flex type of tight end. The Huskers are trying to end that streak by targeting this tight end from Michigan. What does he have to say about the offer from Nebraska?

Devin Funchess is staying busy with track with his eyes on an upcoming spring break in a couple of weeks. Funchess, from Farmington Hills (Mich.) Harrison, is looking at doing as many as four events this year.

"We have spring break the first week in April," Funchess said. "I have been running track. I am going to do the 4x400m, open 400m, 4x200m and probably the long jump.

"Last year my 400m time was 55-seconds. I didn't really do the 200m last year, I actually ran the 100m and didn't do very good, so I am going to try and do the 200m this year."

Farmington Hills (Mich.) Harrison had a perfect season last year and Funchess was a big part of it. Funchess, as a tight end, was rarely lined up next to the tackle.

"We finished the season undefeated. I had 34 receptions and over 700 yards receiving and five touchdowns. I lined up as more like a wide out playing the flex tight end spot."

At 6-foot-5 and 205-pounds, the obvious advantage for Funchess is his size. Most of the defensive backs he saw were less than 6-foot tall so Funchess learned to use his size to his advantage and it didn't hurt to have solid hands too.

"I am a lot taller than the defensive backs that have to guard me so I use that to my advantage when I got up and get the ball. I catch well with my hands and don't drop the ball."

Funchess is nearly to a double-digit offer. He hasn't thought about leaders and says that he is in the process of researching all of the schools.

"I have nine offers right now. I have offers from Virginia, Illinois, Cincinnati, Bowling Green, Michigan, Michigan State, Missouri and Nebraska. I can't remember one of them. I don't have any favorites. I am just researching all of the schools.

"I am looking at the educational side of the school first and really their graduation rate of their players. I am also looking to see how the player/coach relationship is at that school."

Distance will not be an issue for Funchess. He says that he is choosing the best school for him no matter where that school is. "I really don't care. I am going to see which program fits me best. Distance isn't going to matter."

Funchess hasn't had a chance to get to any junior days yet, but says that he is eyeing a couple of spring games or potentially just a couple of practices. He says his travel will be limited.

"I am going to try and get to the spring games at Michigan and Michigan State or hit a practice. I am not really big on traveling out of state yet because how much it costs."

Nebraska entered the picture for Funchess some time ago and he says that he has had a good chance to start up a relationship with his recruiting coach. Nebraska likes him as a pass catching tight end and he says that Nebraska will probably get an official visit.

"I have had the offer from Nebraska for a while. Coach John Papuchis is my recruiting coach. He seems like a really relaxed and cool guy. It was really comfortable to have a conversation with him.

"Nebraska likes me as a pass catching tight end. They want to use me to create mismatches. I think that Nebraska is going to be a big threat in the Big 10. I like their tradition with five national titles and a lot of wins. I think that I will probably officially visit Nebraska."


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