Hinsdale Central 2014 tight end Ian Bunting may only have had four games in his junior season to…
Vandy offers '14 WR/TE
"My feelings [on Vanderbilt] are that they have a really nice campus. I took a long tour and got to see most of it. I loved the atmosphere, especially when they're playing a big rival like Tennessee. The game turned out great. I'm looking to go somewhere with a great combination of education and athletics and I think Vanderbilt definitely has that going for them."
In his junior season at Hinsdale Central High School in suburban Chicago, Bunting had 420 receiving yards and four touchdowns and averaged 25 yards-per-catch. His size and wide receiver-like athleticism have already caught the attention of coaches in many of the major Division 1 conferences.
"I have offers from Purdue and Vanderbilt," Bunting shared. "I'm hearing from most of the Big Ten schools but I've only visited Northwestern. In the SEC, I'm hearing from Vanderbilt and Ole Miss. In the Pac 12, I'm hearing from Oregon, Stanford, Cal, and Washington.
"When I was at Northwestern, Coach Fitzgerald told me 'football ends for everybody, so you need something to fall back on'. He's right. I'm looking to earn a degree first and foremost. I want to play for a staff that's energetic, know how to win, and know how to prepare their players to be successful. I'm also going to consider the look and feel of the campus. Then I'll take a close look at the team itself and what direction they're going in."
Although Bunting has over a year to make a decision on college, he said he would like to have a commitment made by the end of next summer. At Hinsdale Central, Bunting only played in six games and was able to finish the year due to nagging injuries which he called "very frustrating". His football team, the Red Devils, finished the year 7-3 with first round playoff loss to Oak Park-River Forest. He plans on playing basketball in the winter and competing in track during the spring.
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