When it was announced earlier this month that Quinta Funderburk had been granted a release from his Arkansas scholarship in order to move closer to his boyhood home of Chesapeake, it was widely assumed the wide receiver would reunite with his former high school teammate at Virginia.
While Funderburk is certainly moving closer to home, the destination is reportedly a bit further north than expected. Maybe.
As relayed by the Syracuse Post-Standard, it has been reported by Matt Jones of the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette that, per a source, Funderburk plans to transfer to Syracuse. Jones’ post, though, is dated May 2, the day Funderburk’s decision to transfer was confirmed.
It’s unclear whether, nine days later, the Orange is still viewed as the likely destination for Funderburk. Another article published shortly after the receiver’s decision became public knowledge, this one from the Roanoke Times, stated that Syracuse is viewed as “a threat” by rival coaches to land Funderburk.
Syracuse will not comment on any potential transfers, a school official told CFT via email Thursday afternoon.
Whether it turns out to be Syracuse, Virginia or another destination, Funderburk’s high school coach said his former player hasn’t yet made up his mind.
“There is nothing official to say. He has not made any final decision,” Oscar Smith High School coach Richard Morgan — remember him? — told the Post-Standard on Thursday evening. “He just has to see what the best fit is for him.”
Morgan added that Funderburk is still at Arkansas finishing up the academic year and will return home once that’s completed to further contemplate his collegiate future.
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.