Bunting reflects on U-M BBQ

Michigan '14 TE commit Ian Bunting discusses his BBQ experience, U-M's chances with 4-star DE Malik McDowell and more.

Last weekend Hinsdale Central (Ill.) senior tight end and U-M commit Ian Bunting made his way back to Ann Arbor for Michigan's annual Barbecue at the Big House. The event was held as a gathering point for many of the commits in attendance to meet each other for the first time and it was overall success.

"It was awesome," Bunting said. "It was real exciting to do just that. I got to hang out with the guys I haven't met yet. We all hung out (on Saturday night and Sunday.)"

Bunting also used the opportunity work on his relationship with quarterback commit Wilton Speight. A much needed bond, considering Speight will be throwing him a few passes throughout the next four to five years at Michigan.

"Yeah we were hanging out," Bunting said. "It was like we had known each other forever. Not just him and me, like everyone. It was really something good going with the group."

Also in attendance was Southfield (Mich.) 2014 defensive end Malik McDowell, who was getting his best recruiting pitch from all off the commits there. However, Bunting said he took more of a passive approach in talking with McDowell, as he hoped not to scare the four-star defensive talent away from Michigan in his recruitment.

"We all talked to him and I met him," Bunting said. "I mean, some of the guys were talking to him a lot more. I kind of like to keep it not so aggressive with that. I feel like sometimes that might turn a kid away from a school if you are always in his ear. I know that's how I felt when I was going through it. I didn't want him to feel like he was being pressured to make a decision. But we definitely got the message across.

"He seemed like he was having a great time. Everyone there was having a great time."

All the commits had an opportunity to wear their future Michigan jersey and take a group picture in the locker room. A moment that Bunting said was "special" to him.

"It was really a special experience I thought," Bunting said. "You know? It's not going to be in too long, you know? It was a cool feeling to have us all together in the uniforms and it got us all excited."

During the off-season Bunting had lingering leg issues, specifically with his hamstrings. He clarified he is fully healthy and will be ready to go this fall.

"I am good to go now. I am practicing no problems. I am just getting really excited for my senior season. And hopefully, you know, with the help off my teammates we can make a push for a state championship. That's the ultimate goal."

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