In May of 2012, Quinta Funderburk announced that he would be transferring from Arkansas to Syracuse. Nearly three years later, the wide receiver is on the move yet again.
According to the Syracuse Post-Standard, Funderburk has been granted a release from his SU scholarship and will transfer to an undetermined football program. His high school coach, who said potential playing time triggered the decision, confirmed the development.
“He’s got his release from the school,” Chesapeake (Va.) Oscar Smith High School head coach Richard Morgan told the Post-Standard. “He’s got one year left to play. He still wants to play, and I want him to have that moment. He was a good player for us. Hopefully we’re going to be able to find that fit.”
It doesn’t, though, sound as if it was exactly a voluntary departure as Funderburk was not afforded the opportunity to come back in 2015 by head coach Scott Shafer.
“As I talked to his family, they’re looking at different options and different schools,” Shafer said. “Hopefully he’ll find a good opportunity somewhere.”
As Funderburk will be a graduate transfer, the receiver would be eligible to play immediately in 2015 if he ends up at an FBS school. Prior to landing at Syracuse, it was thought that Funderburk might end up at Virginia, so the Cavaliers could certainly be an option this time around as well.
While loaded with potential, Funderburk’s Orange career amounted to next to nothing.
After sitting out the 2012 season to satisfy NCAA transfer rules, Funderburk caught three passes for 50 yards in 2013. In 2014, Funderburk did not catch a pass.
As a three-star member of Razorbacks’ 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. It was announced in early May after his freshman season that the 6-2, 210-pound receiver was granted his release from his UA scholarship so he could be closer to his home in Virginia.