"Albert may end up being the best high school football player I've ever coached," former Sun Valley head coach Scott Stein said. "This is not my first rodeo with a great player. I've been doing this now 29 years and I go back to Thabiti Davis, who went to Wake Forest and won a Super Bowl with the [New York] Giants. I had an opportunity to coach Mario Williams in the Shrine Bowl. At the end of the day, Albert could be better than all of them.
"Albert is just special – I can't explain it any better than that. When you put the ball in his hands, great things happen… He's just ridiculous as a football player. He fits my system pretty well being a scat back guy, but he's also a power guy. He can run away from you, but he also is very difficult to bring down."
In barely two seasons, Funderburk has accumulated roughly 3,500 all-purpose yards and 38 all-purpose touchdowns. He backed up a very good high school tailback, Jadarrius Williams, as a freshman and rushed for 500 yards and five touchdowns.
As the starter during his sophomore year, Funderburk rushed for 2,026 yards and 24 touchdowns on 215 carries and accrued over 300 yards and scored seven more touchdowns on receptions. He also amassed over 500 yards and two scores on kickoff returns.
Funderburk's recruitment has yet to take off, but Stein believes it's only a matter of time.
"Once he goes to combines this year, his recruiting is going to go through the roof," Stein said. "I know [North] Carolina is probably going to offer him early this year – probably both North and South Carolinas. [N.C.] State is coming in. He's going to be one of those kids that's recruited nationally."
"Most schools are telling me to come to their camp and we'll go from there," Funderburk said. "I've been invited to Duke's camp, ECU's camp, North Carolina's, South Carolina's camp, and Alabama's camp."
Funderburk hasn't made any recruiting trips yet. That has led to his reluctance of naming favorite schools.
Sun Valley alum and South Carolina freshman wide receiver Jody Fuller and Funderburk are in regular contact. Funderburk says Fuller offers up advice and is not recruiting him for the Gamecocks… Funderburk is a reserve on Sun Valley's basketball team.