Ian Bunting Commits to Michigan: Wolverines Land Huge 4-Star TE

Andrew KulhaSenior Analyst IIIApril 23, 2013

Via 247Sports
Via 247Sports

The Michigan Wolverines have received the commitment of 4-star tight end Ian Bunting out of Hinsdale, IL.

Bunting is a huge tight end commitment for the Wolverines, and he has great potential. Bunting has good size for a tight end at 6'6'', 210 pounds, and he's ranked as the No. 11 tight end in the 2014 class, according to the 247Sports Composite Rankings. 

Allen Trieu of scout.com reports on the commitment (h/t Kyle Meinke of mlive.com on Twitter):

Hinsdale Central's Ian Bunting visited Michigan this weekend and after taking a few days to think about his decision, ended his recruitment today with a commitment to Michigan over offers from schools like Notre Dame, Ohio State, Mississippi, USC, Oregon and more.

"When I went there and visited and got to spend a lot of time with the coaches, players on the team and got to spend the night with them. It felt like home. It felt like the right place for me. My parents came with me and they both loved it and the coaches were so nice and welcoming and it really had a good sense of family there which is one of my favorite parts about game of football is brotherhood and the bond with the teammates and could definitely sense that it was there. Not just with the kids, but coaches too. I got to meet all the coaches' families and it was just the right place for me."

Brady Hoke's 2014 class now features seven commitments, and the Wolverines are without a doubt off to another hot start on the recruiting trail, especially offensively.

This is important considering Michigan's desire to fully transition to the pro-style offense. The tight end position is integral in the pro, both from a blocking and receiving standpoint, so Bunting really is an important commitment for Hoke and his staff to hold on to.

He has the size to stay home and block, but he also projects to be a good receiving tight end. In fact, he reminds me a bit of sophomore tight end Devin Funchess in that regard.

Bunting runs with long strides, he has above average speed and quick feet. He has the ability to run smooth routes and he can be effective between the seams or even near the sideline on vertical routes. He displays good hands, good athleticism and great length for a tight end. 

He joins a class that already features 4-star wide receiver Drake Harris, so the aerial future of Michigan's offense seems to be in capable hands for the time being. 

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