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Daejuan Funderburk

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — Standout safety Daejuan Funderburk watched first-hand last November as West Virginia surrendered 47 points in an overtime loss to Texas. Now the three-star recruit aims to help the shore up the Mountaineers’ defense.

Funderburk became West Virginia’s 20th commitment for the class of 2014 on Saturday, spurning at least 16 other FBS offers including Miami, Florida State, Pitt, Nebraska and Arizona. He told Rivals he was excited about the opportunity to compete for early playing time in the Mountaineers’ secondary.

His lead recruiter was WVU receivers coach Lonnie Galloway, who continues to mine the Washington, D.C., area for talented signees.

Rated by Rivals as the No. 41 safety nationally, the 6-foot-1, 188-pound Funderburk had committed to Temple last summer but reversed course after two months amid a flurry of heightened interest from power conference programs. He headed to WVU on Friday to begin an official visit.

Rivals senior writer Keenan Cummings announced Funderburk’s decision via WVSports.com.

“Funderburk is a bigger safety prospect, and he’s a hitter who will come down in the box and let runners and wide receivers know he’s there,” Cummings said. “He has good speed and a complementing change-of-direction and should be a fit at free safety or potentially nickel back. He needs to stay disciplined in coverage, but has a lot of upside in Morgantown.”

The Mountaineers have two other safeties in this class, including Northeastern Oklahoma A&M junior college transfer Keishawn Richardson, who enrolled earlier this month. Four-star safety Dravon Henry of Aliquippa, Pa., also committed Dec. 9.

Another safety, New Smyrna Beach (Fla.) prospect D’Cota Dixon, previously said he planned to visit WVU next weekend.
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  • Keyawana hunt

    I'm proud of my son love him let's go have a great first season

  • Keyawana hunt

    I'm a proud mother my son could have went anywhere but he chose wv his heart is true to the game and I know he will succeed beyond all measure I wish him well in his success as well as a promising future lets go mountaineers

  • Joe Manchin

    Another colored guy....

  • westfair518

    Thanks for a good in depth report.

  • Reno

    With these prospects WVU should shore up the line snd tackke some q backs.

  • welcome to wvu young man.

    i hope every 4 and 5 star takes a good look at wvu. alabama lsu fla state no more. we need new blood . so high school come to wvu and makw us a real power house. thank all of the recruits who did sign and the super stars thats comeing to wvu. sincerly sgt harold wilson viet nam veteran usmc 1969-70.

  • James Fleagane

    How do HighSchool athletes with
    Sub- standard learning skills graduate from High School? Better
    Yet how do they get accepted to a
    University with higher academic
    Standards than these students have achieved. Are there special
    Standards for athletes ? So much
    For higher education ethics. When money is involved who cares about

  • Jimi

    Cogs sent a lot of D1 players to big time football he is a great coach at one of the big hs in Fl. We at Mountianeer Nation sre glsd to have home come home

  • Jimi

    He got the gig at Arkanas because they wanted his High School QB it was a package deal when the qb went bust he was on his own

  • Loyal Fan

    I wish there was some way before I scroll down and read the "Comments" that I could just delete
    and comments posted by "mad hatter".

  • GFS

    Allan please give us more updates on these recruits. I have tried to find out where we stand with the two from NC. They are being talked about on Scout or Rivals and I cannot read anything without paying them. Not cheap, just tight budget right now.

  • Mike

    Cogdell was brought in to recruit mainly. He is going to be the defensive line coach. Relax

  • Rich

    I'm glad we got this young man, we need all the quality athletes we can get. But why do we recruit a large number of WR and S? I'd really like to see more DL prospects than WR and S. Our DL prospects always have to be "developed" instead of being big enough/talented to step in and make an impact right away.

  • Greg

    And life gets even worse for the haters doesn't it? Welcome aboard young man! You've made a wise choice.

  • mad hatter

    let's see, Malzahn won the broyles award, he was HC at Ark state
    he was OC at Aub, ark, and tulsa

    seems like he was qualified to be in major college football.. what has cogdell done on the college level other than play?

    • Jimi

      he got his first coaching job because of his High School QB it was a package deal they wanted the QB and they offered him the job

    • Allen

      Do not most college coaches start out in High School?

      Nehlen began his coaching career at Mansfield High School and then at Canton High School then McKinley High School. He was then hired as an assistant at Cincinnati University. Seems he did the same as Cogdell. I would be shocked if there were not 1,000 more that started the same way. You seem uneducated on how coaches get started. They are not born into college coaching.

    • Matt M

      Did I miss something? Was thus story about Cogdell?

    • B.R.