Devin Funchess is the second commit in Michigans 2012 class that hails from Farmington Hills High School in Michigan. The other being his teammate Mario Ojemudia. Funchess stands at 6'5 215 pounds and has the athleticism to play either wide receiver or tight end. Most recruiting sites(and the Michigan coaches) think that he has more upside at the tight end position. Funchess is a four-star recruit to ESPN, Scout and 24/7 Sports, while being a three-star to Rivals.
|Devin Funchess showing off his athleticism.|
I had the honor of talking with Devin about his senior season and his excitement about attending Michigan.
SimplyComplex: What was it about Michigan that made you want to commit to them?
Devin Funchess: The atmosphere and how involved the coaches were with the players. The education was a big factor in my decision as well.
SC: What was the atmosphere and experience like when you visited Michigan?
DF: It was very live . Everybody was very friendly and it seemed very family oriented, which made me feel very comfortable with the university.
SC: How often do you talk with other Michigan commits/prospects?
DF: I speak to the instate commits often, but I rarely speak with the others. Although, I do communicate with some out-of-state commits over twitter a little bit.
SC: With Michigan having depth problems at the TE position, do you feel like you could see early playing time?
DF: I think I could come in and play right away if the coaches needed me to contribute right away in an emergency or just to evaluate my performance. The coaches also tell me that I can, but I just have to come in and be ready for action.
SC:What would you say are your strengths and weaknesses at the tight end position?
DF: My main weakness is my size. I'm a little on the slim size for a TE, so I definitely need to bulk up and let my body develop properly. My biggest strength is that I have a great match up with the linebackers. I'm usually faster than them, so it's a huge advantage for me.
SC: What kind of stats did you accumulate during your senior season?
DF: I caught 21 passes for 433 yards and 6 touchdowns.
SC:What do you think is the hardest part about being a tight end? Are you looking forward to the challenges of playing the position at the college level?
DF: The hardest part for me would be learning the different and more difficult blocking schemes. The different footwork is also a bit of a challenge for me. Yes because I think it's the most underestimated position and I want to show people what I'm capable of.
SC: You're a teammate with Michigan commit Mario Ojemudia. How would you describe his game on the defensive side of the ball? Do you like going up against him in practice?
DF: He's just a complete monster. He is the type of player that just never gives up. He has a motor that just keeps going and going. We didn't really go up against each other in practice because we both played both ways.
SC: I did an interview with another teammate of yours, Gairus Coleman. How good of a player do you think he is? Have you been recruiting him towards Michigan at all?
DF: "G"(Gairus Coleman) is a fantastic player. He is the total package at wide receiver. The only thing he needs to work on is his speed. If he gets his speed up, then he will be great. We talk about Michigan all the time.
SC: How do you feel about Ohio State,uh, I mean "Ohio"?
DF: I don't care for them personally.
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Devin is just one of the many top-notch athletes that Hoke and company are bringing in to restore Michigan to what it once was. Be on the look out for many other football prospects to come out of Farmington Hills in the coming years that may end up wearing the Maize and Blue.