6-4, 335 pounds
New Mexico Military Institute
Commit Date: 7-11-2011
Recruiting Scene: As a senior in high school Buntyn received the most recruiting attention from NC State, Clemson and East Carolina. He was impressive at the Wolfpack's summer camp which piqued the interest of the NC State coaching staff. However, he failed to qualify academically and ended up signing with Winston Salem State.
Buntyn matriculated to New Mexico Military Institute where he put on nearly 60 pounds and emerged as a main stay at defensive tackle. Once the Pack got wind of his progress and verified his academic standing, wasted no time in offering a scholarship. That move was a smart one and allowed State a chance to secure his commitment before most schools were able to jump on him.
Why NC State?: "I was really excited when I got the offer because it was just a dream come true. Now my family won't have to fly back and forth to see me play. NC State is just a great school and I can wait to get there."
Picked NC State over: New Mexico, Texas Tech and Western Kentucky
High School Scouting Report: "Buntyn is a two-way standout from Havelock High School. He is a massive prospect with great upper body strength and above average speed given his size.
While Buntyn lines up at both defensive tackle and offensive guard for Havelock, he may be best suited for the offensive line in college although he could certainly play both. At guard, Buntyn has nice explosion at the snap of the ball and does a good job of getting to his man and taking him out of the play. Because of his foot speed and agility, Buntyn has the potential to develop further at offensive guard.
"At defensive tackle, Buntyn shows that he has the ability to explode by the opposing offensive lineman and make plays in the backfield. He tends to play a little bit high and could stand to add strength in his lower body but there's no doubt Buntyn will get a long look from college recruiters this spring."