Bunting, "Happy to be a Wolverine"

Michigan TE commit, Ian Bunting talks about his commitment, who he is recruiting to Ann Arbor, his thoughts on Nyles Morgan and more****Video Interview w/highlights****

MATTESON, Ill.--Last month Ian Bunting made the decision to join Michigan's 2014 recruiting class. With a month to soak in his commitment, Bunting says he has no regrets on becoming a Wolverine.

"Well first of all, I am still happy with the decision and I'm glad that I made it and happy to be a Wolverine, obviously," Bunting told GoBlueWolverine. ‘The thing that kind of separated Michigan from everyone else is it just really felt like a family there, more so than anywhere else. I went down there and it felt like home. So, it was just comfortable overall. At other places there were things that I liked. But then there were also things that I didn't like, that I tried to convince myself that I did like. But I didn't have to do that at Michigan."

Bunting, who is rated a three-star prospect, had double digit offers and chose the Maize and Blue over Ohio State, Notre Dame and Oregon, to name a few. At 6-foot-6, 215-pounds, Bunting stars for Hinsdale South (Ill.) and is rated the No. 19 TE in the latest Scout.com player rankings.

Now that Bunting is a Wolverine, he says his main mission is to connect with current and possibly future commits.

" I am definitely reaching out to the guys who have already committed and to the guys who are kind of close to committing," Bunting said. "And even the guys who have an offer and trying to get them to lean towards Michigan. You know, I realized we have a good class so far. And I think that will help attract a lot of talent. And it's a great school and a great program. So, it kind of speaks for itself and I'm sure once the kids visit and really get to know coach (Brady Hoke) and the rest of the staff really well, they'll see why it's different than anywhere else."

One prospect that Bunting says he's going to put in extra work on is local four-star linebacker, Nyles Morgan out of Crete-Monee (Ill.) High. Bunting knows Morgan through the Core 6 football program based out of the Chicagoland area.

"Hey, if I have to I'll go visit with him and show him around the school," Bunting said on the recruitment of Morgan. "Obviously, I don't know it as well as the players there. I'll show him around. I'm sure he'll love it. I fell in love with it when I went down there. I can't see how anyone wouldn't. I'll talk to him and text him once in awhile and see how he's doing and see what he is thinking and kind of what he is feeling."

Bunting said a big reason he committed to Michigan was being able to build a relationship with fellow U-M commits Wilton Speight and Michael Ferns. And now that Bunting is a Wolverine, he says he wears his ‘project 135' t-shirt, a gift from Ferns on a regular basis.

"Absolutely, I love the shirt. It's comfortable too," Bunting said.

In the meantime, Bunting said he will attending the NFTC in Columbus in June and has already started preparing for his upcoming senior season.

"I'm just going to work on getting bigger, faster, stronger, running better routes and just bbuilding that bond between our team in high school," Bunting said. "Cause you can have as much talent as you want, if you don't play together it's not going to happen."


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