Ian Bunting Talks Michigan

Hinsdale Central (Ill.) High 2014 tight end Ian Bunting was in Ann Arbor this weekend to checkout the Wolverines. GBW caught up with Bunting as he talked about his visit, his interactions with coaches and players, other schools of interest, his decision timeline, and more.

Ian Bunting, like current Michigan tight ends Devin Funchess and Jake Butt, fits the mold of a long athletic pass catcher who can stretch the defense down the middle of the field.

And with the Wolverines looking to sign one tight end in its 2014 class, Bunting is certainly what the Michigan coaching staff is looking for in a tight end prospect. He stands at 6-foot-6, 215-pounds, and is rated a three-star prospect and No. 17 TE in the latest Scout.com player rankings.

The Hinsdale Central (Ill.) High 2014 standout was in Ann Arbor this weekend to checkout out the Maize& Blue and came away impressed.

"I enjoyed it," Bunting told GoBlueWolverine. "I had a good time. I hung out with the coaches for a longtime. I went to a few academic meetings—one at the business school and one with the academic support staff. I got a chance to hang out with the players. I spent the night (on Saturday). It was definitely a fun part about it was getting to meet all the guys and hangout with them and see what they do.

"(Sunday), was all football meetings. I liked that a lot too. I got to hang out with the coaches a lot. I kind of got a feel of where they see me in their system and fitting on the team. It was good."

Bunting said one of the highlights of his visit was his interaction with Michigan tight ends coach, Dan Ferrigno.

"We talked about how the tight ends in his system are playing," Bunting recalled. "He showed me a bunch of film and drills and how they see me fitting into their system. And how they're going to utilize my abilities. We just talked about stuff, it didn't have to be about football. We were just talking about other stuff—man to man. It was cool. He is a real guy."

During his visit, Bunting's host was Michigan senior All-American left tackle, Taylor Lewan.

"He is a really cool guy," bunting said on his stay with Lewan. "He's hilarious by the way. He's a character that's for sure. I like him a lot. We were talking about his situation. Why he chose Michigan. Why he chose not to go to the NFL. He really cares about the team. He wants to win a Big Ten championship. He realizes there is risk in coming back, but he's in it for the right reasons."

Currently, Bunting has notable offers from Michigan, Notre Dame, USC, Oregon and Northwestern to name a few. While he can't name a favorite, he took a visit to Notre Dame earlier this spring, and says the Irish are high on his list.

"I like Notre Dame a lot. Yeah, I do," Bunting said. "But I don't really think I have a No.1 school right now. There are a few schools I am definitely more interested in then others. I'll probably, in few days or a week, sit down with my parents and come up with a shorter list of schools to focus more on."

Before Bunting headed to U-M on Saturday, he took a flight out to USC on Friday to check out the Trojans.

"It was beautiful out there," Bunting said on his visit to USC. "It was nice and warm and sunny. Which is nice. The coaches are really cool. I got to spend a lot of time with them. I was out there not even for a full day. So I didn't really get to hang out with the players that much. But I met a few of them, and I talked to Ty Isaac the other day, who is from where I am from. I liked it a lot."

While Michigan is most likely to take one tight end in the 2014, Bunting said he won't rush his decision untill he has seen all the schools of interest. He says he plans a late summer commitment.

"Whenever I feel like I got the information that I need and I feel like I thought about it enough, and slept on it, enough," Bunting said. "I couldn't really tell you a perfect equation for it. I'm going to sit down with my family and talk it over with them as I can and listen to what they have to say."

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