Devin Funchess didn't plan for things to go down this way. An early commitment had been the furthest thing from his mind. Even when his family made clear to him their desire to see him don the Maize & Blue while on his first unofficial visit to Ann Arbor, he still held fast to his plan to take visits and draw out his recruitment. That was until he made it back to Ann Arbor for the spring game last weekend. At that point his recruiting path suddenly became a lot clearer.
Explained Funchess, "I was just thinking about it this week… thinking about how they treated me up there, about how I fit in, and how I was so comfortable up there. Then I decided to just go ahead and commit.
The normally laid back youngster managed to squeeze a tinge of excitement out when breaking the news to his uncle and his Michigan recruiter Fred Jackson, but that paled in comparison to the response the news elicited from family and future coaches.
"(The Michigan staff members) were all very excited, very surprised and very happy," he recalled. "My aunt, my mom, and my sister had some appointment to day. I told them (about the decision) and they started crying and balling because they were so excited for me." (Back in March Funchess tells Sam Webb what his family thinks.)
Michigan's offensive staff is already salivating over numerous ways they can use Funchess' talent. Scout.com's #6 TE led last year's state title winning Farmington Hills Harrison team in receiving with 33 receptions for over 800 yards and five touchdowns. His deceptive speed and 6-4, 205-pound frame have his future coaches planning to utilize him as more than just a tight end.
"It'll be wideout too," stated Funchess regarding his position at Michigan. "Coach Hecklinski was telling about the positions and how him and Coach Ferrigno were going to be fighting over me about which group I go in."
Legendary Harrison coach John Herrington has long trumpeted Funchess' versatility as the youngster's primary asset.
"He is going to be a great prospect when he puts on weight," said Herrington to GoBlueWolverine last February. "He can be a tight end, an H-back, a split end. He has big hands. I'm not sure what he's going to run the 40 in, but I think he could be around 4.6 or 4.7."
Now that his own recruitment is out of the way, Funchess plans to turn his attention to courting other prospects. He plans to put forth special effort with his teammates Mario Ojemudia and Aaron Burbridge.
"I'm just going to go ahead and work hard to try to recruit them as well," said Funchess. "Mario is really liking (Michigan). I don't if he is on the same level that I am yet, but I'm going to try to get him there."