Bunte Thinking Badgers

Although he says he is still committed to UCLA, Mission Viejo (CA.) High senior offensive tackle Erik Bunte is willing to take some visits to other programs. After offensive line coach Bart Miller stopped by for a visit, Bunte could be making a trip up to Wisconsin.

Searching for another offensive linemen for its 2013 class, Wisconsin is waiting on the final decision from its two offered prospects – Sean Harlow and David Knevel. Should UW need a plan B, Wisconsin will likely increase its pursuit with Mission Viejo (CA.) High senior offensive tackle Erik Bunte. Although Bunte (6-7, 315 pounds) has been committed to UCLA since March, the three-star offensive tackle has started to look at other options after putting together the best high school season of his career.

"It has been my best season I have had yet," Bunte told Badger Nation. "I have accumulated 21 raw pancakes in the past three games. I think I have most improved on my pass protection and look to improve on keeping my hands inside each block."

The mammoth offensive tackle – ranked No.33 in the country by Scout.com - has been committed to the Bruins, but is leaving the door slightly open to see what other programs have to offer. The Badgers have spiked an interest in the highly touted linemen and now he is looking for more from Wisconsin, especially after coach Bart Miller stopped by for a visit last week during UW's bye week.

"I really look forward to hearing from (Coach Miller) again and would love to fly there and get a taste of what it feels like," said Bunte. "I know they are not only a great business school, but also are known for being offensive linemen factory, which I love."

"He told me that he was going to check out some game film and get back to me and that he would love to get me up there … I love the new offensive line coach, the team, and their work ethics. I want to learn a lot more about the Badgers. I am looking to find more about the team themselves and to build a relationship with the coaches and getting to know them."

Bunte says he committed to the Bruins because of the direction coach Jim Mora has led the program in its first season. Entering the final three weeks of the season, the Bruins sit 7-2 overall and in first place in the Pac 12's south division. That excited Bunte, but the fact that he hasn't heard from the coaching staff in awhile has caused him to make sure, "I am making the right choice and feel like a priority with where I want to play the next four years."

"I don't want to be a disposable player," Bunte said. "I don't have an offer from Wisconsin, but I have a lot of interest in the Badgers."

Saying his list of schools, in order, are UCLA, Wisconsin and Arizona State, Bunte will take an official visit to the Sun Devils next weekend. He has nothing planned to visit Camp Randall, but that would change should Wisconsin extend a scholarship offer.

"If I get that offer from Wisconsin, I can assure you that I will take an official and could affect my list," Bunte said. I have not taken my official to UCLA yet and want to talk to them more before I make a decision like that. I have to see where God takes me."


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