Vandy offers '14 WR/TE

With the class of 2013 filling out rather nicely for the Vanderbilt staff, they're beginning to bring in some of the top junior targets. Ian Bunting, an imposing 6-foot-6, 220-pound wide receiver/tight end from Hinsdale, Ill., took an unofficial visit to campus for the Commodores final home game of the season against Tennessee. While there, he came away with an unexpected offer.

"Coach Franklin told me he really liked my film," said Ian Bunting. "He wanted to see me in person to see if my size matched what he saw on film. When he saw me he said I looked even bigger and let me know they decided to extended me an offer. I talked a lot with Coach Bankins. I play wide receiver in high school, but I was offered at tight end. Then I was passed on to Coach Rahne, who recruits my area. He's who I talked with the most.

"My feelings [on Vanderbilt] are that they have a really nice campus. I took a long tour and got to see most of it. I loved the atmosphere, especially when they're playing a big rival like Tennessee. The game turned out great. I'm looking to go somewhere with a great combination of education and athletics and I think Vanderbilt definitely has that going for them."

In his junior season at Hinsdale Central High School in suburban Chicago, Bunting had 420 receiving yards and four touchdowns and averaged 25 yards-per-catch. His size and wide receiver-like athleticism have already caught the attention of coaches in many of the major Division 1 conferences.

"I have offers from Purdue and Vanderbilt," Bunting shared. "I'm hearing from most of the Big Ten schools but I've only visited Northwestern. In the SEC, I'm hearing from Vanderbilt and Ole Miss. In the Pac 12, I'm hearing from Oregon, Stanford, Cal, and Washington.

"When I was at Northwestern, Coach Fitzgerald told me 'football ends for everybody, so you need something to fall back on'. He's right. I'm looking to earn a degree first and foremost. I want to play for a staff that's energetic, know how to win, and know how to prepare their players to be successful. I'm also going to consider the look and feel of the campus. Then I'll take a close look at the team itself and what direction they're going in."

Although Bunting has over a year to make a decision on college, he said he would like to have a commitment made by the end of next summer. At Hinsdale Central, Bunting only played in six games and was able to finish the year due to nagging injuries which he called "very frustrating". His football team, the Red Devils, finished the year 7-3 with first round playoff loss to Oak Park-River Forest. He plans on playing basketball in the winter and competing in track during the spring.

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