Scout Rating: ***
Scout Rank: #21 TE
Vitals: 6’6 / 225
Hometown: Hinsdale (Ill.) Central
His Recruiting Story:
As a sophomore, Bunting was injured after showing high potential in 7 on 7s and the preseason scrimmage, but he was healthy by camp season and turned heads at several places, eventually earning his first offer from Purdue. His junior season, he injured his foot after four games, but was impressive enough in those contests to add offers from Vanderbilt and Illinois just after the season and Indiana, Iowa and Oregon later in the Winter. Ohio State came in February, Michigan came in March and Notre Dame would follow. To the surprise of many, Bunting committed to the Wolverines in May. After his commitment, he earned an invitation to The Opening.
Ian has a nice, long frame with a lot of room to add weight. Good, reliable hands and shows ability to make grabs in traffic and along the sideline and adjusts and tracks the ball well in the air. He shows good ability after the catch for a bigger kid, but he still has to fill out, get stronger and has not played in a traditional tight end role, so he will have to work on his blocking from that position. That said, he can be used in a variety of packages and formations. He has struggled some with injuries throughout his career but none are of the lingering variety. – Scout.com national analyst Allen Trieu
“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. My grandma, my dad's mom, was a Michigan grad and she just passed away a few weeks [before my commitment]. She was really excited for me to get an offer from Michigan and she was excited for that and she actually passed away two or three days before they offered me. She kind of pushed them up over the edge."
Bunting has a lot of upside, but just has to keep filling out and learn the new position. With a few older tight ends in front of him, he will be given the time to do that it appears. His pass catching skills and his size should present matchup problems and he is used to being split out so he brings versatility to the table.