Bunting Has A Productive Visit To Oregon

Hinsdale (Ill.) tight end prospect Ian Bunting took a visit to Oregon over the weekend.

Already in the midst of a busy recruiting season, Ian Bunting, who received an offer from Oregon back in February, took a trip to Eugene over the weekend for an unofficial visit.

"I loved it," Bunting said. "It was a great trip."

During his visit, the 6-foot-5, 215-pound athlete observed practice and even sat in with the tight ends during their pre-practice film room session. He also received some advice from Ducks tight end Pharaoh Brown.

"He was telling me what made him make his decision to come there because he was originally committed to Michigan and then flipped," Bunting said. "He was a really nice guy and great player. It was really cool to talk to him."

Bunting said that he was impressed with the facilities and with the campus lifestyle that the players lead. While he spent most of his time with tight ends coach Tom Osbourne and recruiting coordinator Jim Fisher, he did get to spend some one-on-one time with head coach Mark Helfrich as well, and spoke highly of him.

"The whole time we were talking about where they see me fitting in and why Oregon would be a school for me to consider," Bunting said. "He's a regular guy. That's one thing that I like about him is that he's not arrogant and he doesn't seem like a head coach that thinks he's better than everyone else or put people below him. He's just a normal guy."

As an athletic tight end, Bunting is an obvious target for the fast paced offense that Oregon runs. Osbourne even provided him with a statistical breakdown of every tight end that he has helped gude to the NFL, something Bunting said was encouraging to see.

"At the end of the day that's what you have to look at is raw data, because anyone can tell you whatever they want, but you have to see for yourself if they are actually doing what they tell you. Oregon and Coach Osbourne certainly have," Bunting said.

Bunting also spent time learning about the academic side of Oregon, specifically within the business school.

"My mom and I were talking to the former dean of the business school and he was a really passionate guy," Bunting said. "As far as resources come and the teachers there, its a great student to faculty ratio. They aren't too big. It's a really good business program, which is what I'm leaning towards."

Already with a lengthy offer list, Bunting said that his visit to Eugene has put the Ducks in high regard in relation to his top schools.

"I definitely like it more after visiting and I'm glad that I got to get out there and check it out," Bunting said. "It's a really beautiful place. The campus is really nice. Obviously the resources that are there are second to none."

Bunting, however, will have little time to dwell on his Oregon visit with a busy schedule ahead of him that includes three visits in the next two weeks.

"Next weekend I'm going to Notre Dame, the next friday after that I'll be at USC and then that Saturday I'll be at Michigan," Bunting said.

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