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Funderburk picks Indiana

Two days after publicly naming Indiana his No. 1 school, three-star JUCO linebacker Steven Funderburk officially committed to the Hoosiers. The Iowa Western prospect will have three years to play two in Bloomington, and he will transfer in for the spring semester and participate in offseason workouts and spring practice.

Funderburk, a 6-foot-2, 225-pound linebacker, officially visited Indiana this weekend, a trip he said he enjoyed thoroughly.

“It was great,” Funderburk told InsideIndiana.com of his recent visit, adding then that the Hoosiers were "at the top."

After a couple of days to let that visit settle, Funderburk realized he'd seen and heard all he needed to.

"I just didn't want to wait anymore," he said Tuesday afternoon. "I feel extremely happy and excited."

The removal of coach Mario Cristobal and his staff at Florida International likely sealed Funderburk's decision, as FIU was his other serious suitor. Funderburk becomes the second Iowa Western prospect to pick Indiana, after the Hoosiers picked up defensive tackle Jordan Heiderman earlier in the fall.

Funderburk has been a top IU target for some time now, with linebackers coach/co-defensive coordinator Mike Ekeler leading the way in the Hoosiers' pursuit of the former Tulane player. Funderburk said Ekeler and coach Kevin Wilson were "excited" when he handed down the good news.

Last season at Iowa Western, Funderburk helped the Reivers to a national championship, posting 49 tackles, 7 1/2 for loss, a fumble recovery and two interceptions, both of which were returned for touchdowns.

InsideIndiana.com will have more on this developing story.

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