Funk Still an Option for Wisconsin?

Although Wisconsin secured two inside linebacker commits in four days in June, the Badgers still are in communication with Damascus (MD) High athlete Jake Funk.

Although some scholarship opportunities for Damascus (MD) High athlete Jake Funk are drying up, the three-star prospect maintains that he wouldn’t do anything differently. That doesn’t mean it’s not a little annoying.

“It really is frustrating,” Funk told BadgerNation. “I’ve run into a couple places like that. I definitely started to feel some pressure (to commit). I almost felt like I needed to accelerate it.”

One of those places is the University of Wisconsin, where the 5-11, 206-pound Funk camped last month in front of defensive coordinator/inside linebacker coach Dave Aranda. Having high praise for Aranda, the facilities and the campus, Funk had the Badgers as his top school and had thoughts about committing.

He wasn’t really to pull the trigger, however, especially with some other visits already planned. That opened the door for inside linebackers Dallas Jeanty and Griffin Grady to commit within four days of each other and take both of the spots UW was searching for at that position.

“I talked to Coach Aranda recently and we talked about a lot of things,” said Funk. “We’re definitely going to stay in touch. He said whenever he gets more information he’ll get back to me.”

Sitting as the No. 96 ranked safety in the nation and a three-star recruit by Scout.com, Funk is still sitting with scholarships from Air Force, Army, Charlotte, Eastern Michigan, Harvard, Navy, Ohio, Old Dominion, Penn, Towson and Yale. He said Navy and Yale are talking to him the most.

After camping at Wisconsin, Funk camped at Stanford, Wake Forest last weekend and North Carolina this weekend.

“I got good feedback from Stanford and they said they’ll stay in touch, which they have been” said Funk. “Wake Forest said they don’t have a spot for me as of now, but I’m staying on their board just in case.”

Even if Wisconsin is no longer an option, Funk feels good about the options he still has.

“I still feel like I’m in a pretty good spot,” said Funk. “Even if things don’t work out, I have some great offers on the table. If things don’t turn out the way I want them to, I’ll probably go into my senior year and get some more interest from that before deciding. If things play out good for me, I’ll decide before my season. I’m just going to play it by ear.”

The main hope, however, is that the Badgers find a spot for him.

“I am hopeful something opens up with Wisconsin,” said Funk. “I love the place.”


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