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Hoos the haven for SEC West transfers?

Mike London AP

With a trio of wide receivers taken in the fourth round of the most recent NFL draft, it’s quite obvious there will be an opportunity or two at the position when Arkansas jumps headfirst into its first post-Petrino summer camp in a couple of months.

One player who likely would’ve been fighting for playing time, however, will not be available.  At all.

According to Matt Jones of the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, receiver Quinta Funderburk has asked for, and been granted his release from, his UA scholarship.  A source told Jones that Funderburk “plans to transfer closer to his Virginia home”, which has apparently become a theme in the SEC the past couple of days.

Other than being closer to home, no reason was given for the transfer and…

Not saying, but just saying: Funderburk attended Oscar Smith High School in Chesapeake, Va.; former Oscar Smith High School quarterback Phillip Sims officially transferred from Alabama to Virginia on Wednesday.

Funderburk and Sims were high school teammates for a coupla years.  Just saying as well.

As a three-star member of UA’s 2011 recruiting class, Funderburk was rated as the No. 48 receiver in the country and the No. 9 player at any position in the state of Virginia by Rivals.com.  He took a redshirt for his first season with the Razorbacks.

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10 Responses to “Hoos the haven for SEC West transfers?”
  1. woebegong says: May 3, 2012 7:36 AM

    The move will certainly work out for Virginia if it goes through and it would seem to me to be a win-win situation for the players and the school. They both have to sit a year so they could learn the playbook together. do the conditioning training and it could be a good deal for both these kids.
    Sure like how the new excuse for transferring this year for some of the kids, is I want to be closer to home. Worked out great for that kid from Maryland GARCIA. Never quite figured out, why he went on a visit to Wisconsin and thought that was closer to Georgia than Maryland was. OH well, I guess Geography wasn’t his strong suit. He couldn’t exactly come right out and say he just didn’t like Edsal, I guess.

  2. bradentonbuc says: May 3, 2012 8:27 AM

    Can’t blame the young men. Sit on the bench of a SEC team or have a better chance to play in the ACC. Surprised it doesn’t happen more.

  3. bigdinla says: May 3, 2012 10:26 AM

    I am sure Funderburk would have started already if he had been from Arkansas!

  4. v2the4 says: May 3, 2012 10:37 AM

    Arkansas lost six receivers from last years team, five of them were drafted in last weeks nfl draft, so the opportunity for major playing time was there for Funderburk and all the redshirts and incoming receivers this fall.

    with Funderburk high school teammate from Virginia, Phillip Sims, transferring from Alabama to Virginia, then this makes perfect since so that the two of them can do at UVA what they did at Oscar Smith from 2008-2010

  5. drexelvol says: May 3, 2012 10:40 AM

    “Quinta Funderburk?” I think you just made that up, John.

  6. bozosforall says: May 3, 2012 11:57 AM

    The rats continue to desert the sinking ship known as the USS Razorback.

  7. Deb says: May 3, 2012 12:13 PM

    @drexelvol …

    Seems like people named Funderburk would just call their kid Sam or John. But Quinta? ;)

  8. sports_dude says: May 3, 2012 12:52 PM

    We have better on the roster anyways, who cares.

  9. whalerpilot says: May 3, 2012 3:59 PM

    If you can’t start in the SEC then I guess the ACC is the place to go. USS razorback a sinking ship? You must be kidding. Just wait till we get a new 4 million dollar coach. You haven’t seen nothing yet. Guaranteed the Razorbacks will finish in the top 10 again this year. Not exactly a sinking ship now is it.

  10. avallstar says: May 4, 2012 11:04 AM

    Quinta isn’t going to UVA.

    Yes, UVA seems like a good destination with a terrible roster and immediate playing time available at all positions, but why go to such a losing program?

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