Bunting Visit to U-M Coming Up (w/video)

Hinsdale Central (Ill.) High tight end Ian Bunting was in action last weekend at the 7-on-7 IMG Shootout in Addison, Ill. GBW, caught up with Bunting as he talked about getting back on the field, his planned visit to Michigan, his thoughts on Devin Funchess, playing with future quarterbacks Morris and Speight, a decision timeline, and more. ***Watch Video Interview/Highlights***

Hinsdale Central (Ill.) High, Ian Bunting, displayed why he is one of the top pass catching tight ends in the Midwest in last weekend's 7-on-7 IMG shootout in Addison, Ill.

At 6-foot-, 215-pounds, Bunting used his great leaping ability and length to create mismatches in the end zone for Team Core 6.

"I'm having fun getting back out there," Bunting told GoBlueWolverine. "Most weekends, I've been going on visits. So the workouts have basically been during the week at track practice and lifting. It's nice to get back out here and catch some balls."

Rated a three-star prospect in the latest Scout.com player rankings, Bunting plans on taking a visit to University of Michigan this weekend.

"Definitely want to get a feel for the coaches and the practice, and see how they utilize their tight ends," Bunting said on his visit to U-M. "I know (Sophomore tight end) Devin Funchess has been lighting it up. So that's something that kind of intrigued me at Michigan. Other than the fact, it's a great school and the football tradition there is really something special. So I guess I'm going to be looking for that and kind of checkout the campus and see if it's a place where I can feel like I can live the next few years of my life."

Bunting said Funchess' playing style really stood out during his last visit.

"I went to the Michigan/Northwestern game (last fall)," Bunting said. "And he is a really versatile player. A tall guy that is really athletic and long. They use him in a bunch of different places. They can really flex him out. They can put him (Inside on the line). There are a lot of options with him. That's kind of what I want to be when I go to college."

With Michigan signing five-star quarterback Shane Morris in its 2013 class and Wilton Speight in the 2014 class, Bunting said he is well aware of the future signal callers coming to Ann Arbor.

"Absolutely, It's a great opportunity," Bunting said on playing with Morris or Speight. "We actually played Shane Morris in 7-on-7 all of last year. So I got to see him in person. He's a great quarterback.

Definitely really controls the field and controls the offense during that. So, like I said before—It's a great opportunity and great time to think about Michigan football, especially at my position.

If Morris were to call, would Bunting listen?

"I haven't really talked to him much, yet," Bunting said. "If he reached out, I would definitely be interested in what he had to say and would take it to heart."

Currently, Bunting has double digit offers, including Michigan, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Oregon, USC and Wisconsin to name a few. He has been on visits to Notre Dame, Oregon and Wisconsin the past month. He will take a visit to USC this Friday with his mother (then return and visit Michigan).

When taking all these visits to campuses around the country, Bunting said he is looking to see how he fits into the particular program.

"One thing I try to do is get as many questions answered as I can and get a feel for the coaches," Bunting explained. "Especially, my position coach. Another thing I do is try to get around the guys as much as I can. At Notre Dame, I spent the night there. So I got to hang out with the guys a lot. Which was definitely good. It's a great group of guys."

Bunting plans on majoring in Business in college.

As far as a decision timeline, Bunting says he doesn't on waiting the process out.

"Yeah, I would rather have my decision made sooner rather than later," Bunting said. "Definitely before my senior season. Cause it's not really my style to be picking a hat in February. I would just like to get out to my high school and enjoy my senior season with all the kids I have been growing up with, and just not have to think about (my decision) 24/7."

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