Star Struck by Wisconsin

While he hasn't spoken to members of the Wisconsin coaching staff since extending him an offer, Washington D.C. Friendship Collegiate Academy cornerback Daejuan Funderburk is excited to add the Badgers to his ever-growing scholarship total.

MADISON - In roughly three weeks, Washington D.C. Friendship Collegiate Academy cornerback Daejuan Funderburk has gone from an under the radar to one of the hottest recruits on the Beltway.

Originally sitting on high interest from a number of schools at the beginning of the month, the 6-0, 185-pound Funderburk has picked up six BCS offers in the past three weeks; a fact that has not gotten lost on him.

"It's been amazing because I didn't expect to get this time of attention so fast," Funderburk told Badger Nation. "I guess I am in the right program. I am learning the system, my coaches have put me to work and I have really improved my technique, footwork and in the weight room."

Getting offered first by Florida State, Georgia Tech, Kentucky, Maryland, Rutgers and Tennessee, Wisconsin joined Funderburk's offer list Tuesday when his coach informed him during the lunch hour that the three-time defending conference champions were offering.

"It got me a little star struck when I heard that," said Funderburk, who added an offer from West Virginia Wednesday. "They are a big school. They have some top-notch players that come out and make it to the league. That's my goal once I get to college. I want to focus on getting to the draft."

Funderburk has not spoken to anybody from the Wisconsin staff, making it hard to get an accurate gauge on where he fits into Wisconsin's plans.

"It's a hard process, but I am enjoying all the attention I am getting," said Funderburk. "I am hoping to decide by July."

While his decision is months away, Funderburk admitted that Florida State and Rutgers are the two schools that are recruiting him the hardest and are his two favorites.

"Florida State has a lot of tradition and the players get better from the time they come to the time they leave," said Funderburk, who noted Deion Sanders as one of the players who stood out to him. "Rutgers is an up-and-coming program. They have a lot of DBs that have had past success, and I think I could be that type of players when I go off to college."

After visiting Maryland last weekend, Funderburk – who had roughly 50 tackles his junior season – is planning on visiting Florida State, North Carolina, Old Dominion and Rutgers in the coming weeks.

Focusing on making more explosive, game-changing plays in the offseason, Funderburk has already seen a different in his game and his drills.

"I can tell a big change and I am starting to realize the big picture," said Funderburk. "I am a physical player and I like ball hawking, too, so (my workouts) could really improve my game. I am excited to get back on the field."


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