Duke first to offer SV's Funderburk
Sun Valley High’s Albert Funderburk is officially a major college football recruit.
The rising junior tailback picked up his first Division I scholarship offer from Duke University on Wednesday.
“They called (Sun Valley) coach (Paul Hall) and told him,” said Funderburk of the offer. “They have been looking at me, so I was excited and happy. I’ve just got to keep working to get more looks.”
A 5-foot-11, 190-pounder, Funderburk burst onto the scene as a sophomore in 2012, when he led Union County in rushing yards (2,032) and touchdowns (24).
He’s the first sophomore in Union County history to break the 2,000-yard rushing mark.
Funderburk stood out in the postseason, finishing with a 513 yards and eight TDs on the ground in three playoff games.
The Spartans finished 9-4 and reached the 4A state quarterfinals for the second straight year. Funderburk was voted Union County’s Offensive Player of the Year by The E-J sports staff and the coaches named him co-offensive player of the year in the Southern Carolina Conference.
“I can run straight ahead and run through and over people,” Funderburk said of his running style. “I can make moves and make people miss.”
Funerburk becomes the sixth active player from Union County with a scholarship offer and the first in the 2015 class.
Monroe seniors Tre Shun Wynn and Jaylan Barbour have also been offered by Duke, among other schools. Cuthbertson senior Ryan Kendall and Porter Ridge’s Nick Vagnone and Jerrick Robbins report offers from Gardner-Webb.
Three former Union County standouts are slated to be starters for the Blue Devils in 2013, including redshirt junior quarterback Anthony Boone (Weddington), junior receiver Jamison Crowder (Monroe) and redshirt junior receiver Issac Blakeney (Monroe).
Former Piedmont defensive end Lucas Fisher is a redshirt sophomore linebacker at Duke while Quayshawn Chambers, who also starred at Monroe, is an incoming freshman.
Funderburk and the Spartans, who are under the direction of first-year coach Paul Hall, open the 2013 season on Aug. 22 against Charlotte Christian at Memorial Stadium in Charlotte.
Sun Valley is moving down to the 3A classification after playing as a 4A team the last four years.