Location: Farmington Hills, MI
Ratings: ESPN – Watch List*, Scout – 4*, 247 Sports - 4*
Recruitment: Devin is part of a trio of Farmington Hills Harrison H.S players that are earning serious BCS offers. Both his teammates started out MSU leans, and so it was thought all three could easily end up in East Lansing. Fortunately for the Wolverines, Devin was able to visit Ann Arbor with his family, who favored UM over the Spartans. Devin really liked the way the coaching staff treated him, and saw the opportunities that were there in Michigan’s new offense. Despite planning a late decision, Devin committed shortly game his spring game visit.
Offers: Michigan, Michigan State, Cincinnati, Illinois, Indiana, Missouri, Nebraska and Virginia.
Stats: Currently stands at 6’4 and 205lbs, and runs around a 4.65 in the forty yard dash. As a junior he made 33 catches for 800 yards with 5 TD’s; very impressive.
ESPN Analysis: None available.
Scout Analysis: "Devin Funchess has super upside. He's tall, can run for a kid of that size and can go up and make spectacular catches. I'd like to see him add some weight and keep working on his consistency. I think he will do those things.”
Improvements: Size is the obvious thing if he wants to be a Tight end. He’ll need to put on at least 40lbs; and probably work on his blocking technique.
Film Highlights: Link here.
Final Thoughts: Maybe it’s just me, but the film looks really good. At this point he could probably play WR or TE in college; it’ll just depend on how his body develops over the next year. For now, I’ll assume he’ll end up at TE, because that’s what the sites list him as.
His current weight means he’s more than likely heading for a redshirt year whilst he bulks up enough for the college game, but after that Devin will have a chance to play straight away. Michigan loses Kevin Koger after this season, and Ricardo Miller looks too small for TE, so depth is lacking right now.
However, neither Funchess nor Williams are 100% locks to end up at TE (Williams might be big enough for OT?), so maybe all is not lost for Ron Thompson just yet.