Maryland National Signing Day 2016: Jake Funk

Maryland is signing its first recruiting class under coach DJ Durkin through the day on Wednesday, and as verbal commitments make their pledges final on National Signing Day, we're bringing you introductions to these future Terps. Record-setting Damascus running back Jake Funk is an early enrollee.

Player: Jake Funk


Position: Running back

High School: Damascus (Damascus, Md.)

Height: 5 feet, 11 inches

Weight: 205 pounds

Other schools considered: Wisconsin, Air Force, Army, Navy, Harvard, Yale and six others, per 247sports

247sports Composite: Three stars, No. 90 running back, No. 34 in Maryland

Rivals: Two stars, No. 35 in Maryland

ESPN: Two stars, No. 122 running back, No. 39 in Maryland

Scout: Three stars, No. 62 running back, No. 2 running back in Maryland

After a record-setting high school career, Funk wasted little time in starting his next chapter. A week after he led Damascus to the Maryland 3A state title, the Terps coaching staff approached him about enrolling early in College Park, so he could participate in spring practice. In mid-January, Funk finished his final graduation requirement and was ready for college.

"It feels great," Funk said last month. "It's going to be something new and it's going to be something I'm very excited for."

Funk was the Maryland Gatorade Player of the Year and The Washington Post's All-Met Offensive Player of the Year after he rushed 249 times for 2,862 yards and scored 57 touchdowns while leading Damascus to a 14-0 season and the Maryland 3A state title. In the Swarmin' Hornets' 55-14 win over Dundalk, Funk rushed for 270 yards and scored a title-game record seven touchdowns.

Funk was Maryland's first commit after coach Randy Edsall was fired in October and has held steadfast in his decision.


Funk is strong running back who can break tackles and cut through the middle of defenses before pulling away from his opponents in the secondary. He was a workhorse for Damascus, and even though defenses knew that he was going to get the ball, he still put up video-game numbers.

Rising sophomore Ty Johnson, who rushed for 250 yards and three touchdowns last season, is Maryland's leading returning contributor at running back, so Funk's early enrollment makes the position deeper this spring and also gives him a chance to get a headstart on fellow running back commits Lorenzo Harrison and LaDerrien Wilson.

"It's going to be huge with the new coaching staff, new offense," Funk said. "I'm going to be able to come in and start learning it as soon as they start installing it. I think it just gives me a huge advantage just from me being a freshman. … It just gives me an advantage on everything I want to do."