Funderburk has Early Favorite

He has over a dozen Division 1 scholarship offers, including one from Wisconsin, but three-star Washington D.C. Edison-Friendship Public Charter safety Daejuan Funderburk has one school as his early favorite.

Even without talking to a member of the University of Wisconsin coaching staff, Daejuan Funderburk was impressed by what the Badgers had to offer.

Getting his scholarship at the end of February, the safety from Washington D.C. Edison-Friendship Public Charter admitted he was "star struck" to get an opportunity from the three-time Big Ten champions, and said the Badgers – despite the lack of communication – would be involved in his recruitment.

Having developed a relationship with wide receiver coach Chris Beatty over the last two months, Funderburk's interest in Wisconsin has only increased.

"Everything has gone up with Coach Beatty," Funderburk told Badger Nation. "We talk over the phone a couple times and I've have met him twice. He's a great guy. He's telling me all about their program. He just wants me to get down there, get exposure to the program and talks about it being one of the best football atmospheres in the nation."

Planning on visiting Wisconsin over the summer, the 6-0, 185-pound Funderburk – ranked a three-star athlete and the No.50 safety in the country by Fox Sports Next – had his school visited by Beatty on Wednesday.

His relationship has developed so much with Beatty that Funderburk said Wisconsin is his early favorite.

"They've been telling me what they've been doing (to get the team ready) and what the new facilities are," said Funderburk. "I really like what they've got going on over there."

Offered by Syracuse Wednesday, Funderburk is contemplating other Division 1 offers from Florida State, Georgia Tech, Kentucky, Maryland, Miami, Nebraska, Rutgers, Tennessee, Vanderbilt and West Virginia.

"I want to play where I can play as a true freshman," said Funderburk. "I want to go all out for that program. Whatever they need, I am going to do whatever it takes."

Funderburk visited Akron, Bowling Green, Michigan, Ohio, Ohio State, Penn State and Pittsburgh during the spring. He also plans to visit Rutgers at some point and visit Florida State and Miami in the summer. He hopes to make a late summer decision.

"I am working out in the weight room and studying film," said Funderburk. "I want to be ready to contribute."

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