I felt sorry for Chantel. It looked like her arm was getting tired having to raise the microphone so high.
"Jim's a tough guy and you can see his personality is all over this football team," Fitzgerald said.
Yes, I have a prepared Hello post for somebody. No, it is not IL TE Ian Bunting. Michigan was thought to be trailing in his recruitment, but a visit this weekend flipped the kid unexpectedly and now he's all committed and such($). Here is a picture.
The 6'7" Bunting is a four star to 247 and ESPN (where he's 113th), a three star to Scout and Rivals. He plays exclusively wide receiver in high school but everyone is recruiting him as a Funchess-style flex TE. A more informative update is coming.
|3*, #17 TE||3*, #14 TE||4*, #5 TE, #114 overall||4*, #11 TE|
A wide split in opinion probably due to the fact that Bunting is a 6'6", 215 pound kid that requires some projection if he's going to be an effective college player. That uncertainty leads to three-star rankings, especially when Bunting missed a big chunk of his sophomore and junior years with injuries. I couldn't find details on his sophomore year; his junior issue was a sprained ankle. He only played four games.
That didn't matter to college coaches, who were hurdling over each other to offer the guy. Not only did Bunting have the big three in the Midwest he also got a USC offer(!), especially impressive given their restricted class size. Nebraska, Oklahoma, Oregon, and many others jumped on board as well. ND's Scout site thought Bunting was their top target($) at TE. Mwa ha ha.
It was a little tough to find scouting out there; almost all of it came from 247 or Bunting's own mouth as he responded to the "scout yourself" question over and over again. Injuries, I guess.
What is out there emphasizes size and hands and routes. Rivals' take from a January camp:
4. IAN BUNTING, TE, HINSDALE (ILL.) CENTRAL
We have seen Bunting run at wide receiver in the past, but the 6-foot-7, 215-pound prospect has started to accept that he is headed to the tight end position in college and he performed well there on Monday. Bunting's speed creates mismatches with linebackers, and he complements that by being an outstanding route runner who possesses soft hands. His strength at the point of attack was better than expected, and he did a great job of getting off the line of scrimmage in one-on-one drills.
247 caught him a few times, mostly at Core 6 events: Wiltfong caught him at a Cincinnati event:
4. Ian Bunting: It’s a talented a year at tight end in the state of Illinois and the 6-foot-6, 210-pound Hinsdale Central standout may end up being the best one. He was dominant during 7-on-7 play, running away from the smaller defensive backs. Bunting has really good ball skills and catches everything thrown his way.
That #4 is no shame when Jamarco Jones, Clifton Garrett, and Malik McDowell are at the same event. An earlier camp:
10. Ian Bunting, TE, Hinsdale (Il.) Central
The 6-foot-5, 215-pound Bunting continued to show that he is a sure handed flex tight end prospect. He ran precise routes in the short passing game, and caught the ball with soft hands and arms extended against attached coverage on numerous occasions. Bunting … was the top performer of the tight end prospects.
Hinsdale (Ill.) Central receiver/tight end Ian Bunting stands in at 6-foot-7, 190 pounds with a frame to really fill out. Despite his size, he does a great job of sinking his hips and getting in and out of his breaks. In agility drills, he was better than a lot of the smaller receivers. .
While the Core 6 White team struggle to find a rhythm on offense, Hinsdale (Ill.) Central four-star tight end Ian Bunting was one of the more impressive players there, as he can beat you in many ways in the passing game. Short passes and over the top, Bunting has fantastic hands and ball skills while running very well.
Bunting is a big high school receiver who will make a move to tight end in college and could be a highly-productive receiving target in that role. His strength at this stage is very much as a receiver and he displays very good hands with the ability to consistently extend and snatch the ball away from his body. Possesses good body control and can adjust and grab tough, off-target passes, and demonstrates the ability to pluck effortlessly on the run. He will attack the ball in the air, high-point it and shows he is willing to take a hit to make the catch. Can track the ball vertically well and make the over-the-shoulder grab.
Hands, hands, hands. Coaches' eyes must bug out at this fact:
How would you describe yourself as a player?
"I'm definitely a mismatch [threat]. I can take on a cornerback and I'd be a foot taller than him, but also, a lot of kids that are my size aren't quick but I've got really good feet actually for my size and great hands too. I've been playing a bunch of different sports all my life, so it's really helped me become a better athlete all around and keep my agility at a high level even though I'm a lot bigger and taller than a lot of the other receivers that'll be out there. I also have great leaping ability and big hands and feet. I wear XXXL gloves -- although I might have to go XXXXL next year cause they're getting kind of small (laughter) -- and have size 17 feet."
He told an OU site that he plays corner on defense. Yup.
So… this is good. A 6'7" guy with skillet-sized hands, body control, and not-quite WR athleticism who is already a good route-runner is going to be awesome once he's a linebacker-flattening weight. Can I make a sleeper of the year prediction on a guy who's 10 months away from signing and is four stars on two sites? No? Well, fine. Guy seems badly underrated, is what I'm saying.
Bunting's offers side with the more impressive rankings. Aside from Michigan he also had offers from Notre Dame (that very early), Ohio State, USC, Oklahoma, Virginia Tech, Nebraska, Wisconsin, Missouri, Oregon, and others.
Hinsdale Central hasn't sent Michigan any prospects in the Rivals era. They did send Jack Allen to Michigan State a couple years ago; Allen's brother Brian just committed to the Spartans. Awkward.
Bunting only had four games last year, in which he caught 16 passes for 412 yards($). Over 100 yards per game and 26 per catch? Okay, we'll take that.
FAKE 40 TIME
Bunting lists his 40 at 4.63 on Hudl, which I award two FAKES out of five for a 6'6" kid.
His abbreviated junior year:
There's also an interview with Chantel Jennings:
Bunting also has a Hudl profile with separate blocking and receiving highlights.
PREDICTION BASED ON FLIMSY EVIDENCE
Bunting should have an opportunity to redshirt with Devin Funchess, AJ Williams, and Jake Butt all on the roster for at least two more years once he arrives. He'll use that year to pack on weight, probably cool his heels for another year as Funchess and Williams play their senior campaigns, and then emerge into Funchess 2.0—maybe 3.0. Michigan is going to have no shortage of huge targets at TE in the near future.
A further prediction: if Bunting hits the camp circuit and stays healthy as a senior he'll jump everywhere save ESPN, who already projects him as a near top-100 player. He's got the profile of a guy who blows up what with the injuries and college coach trident fight over him.
The injury thing is probably just bad luck. Anyone can acquire the dread high ankle sprain, and that sort of thing doesn't develop into a chronic thing often, if at all. I get why a couple of the sites are cautious with his ranking as a result, but it's more that they don't have as much data on him than fear he won't be able to stay in one piece.
UPSHOT FOR THE REST OF THE CLASS
With two tight ends in each of the last two classes and a smaller group this year, Michigan is probably done at TE for 2014. Maybe they would still take a Helm or a Mark Andrews, but only late, at which point those guys are likely off the board.
A side note not just in this class but on Michigan's recruiting in general: this is another guy who Michigan has come from behind on very quickly. 247's prediction crystal ball was 100% ND until today, when Steve Wiltfong got wind of the change and got a flip in just before the news dropped. For a certain sort of kid, the Michigan visit just about ends their recruitment. Bunting's take($) from Allen Trieu's article:
"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."
That's how you snatch a kid who compares himself to Tyler Eifert($) out from ND's nose.
Snatching a kid like Bunting from Notre Dame and Ohio State was a nonexistent occurrence under Rodriguez and frankly pretty rare under Carr, too—remember Charlie Weis's inexplicable winning streak over Michigan? That's done. Ohio State's winning their share of battles, but four of Michigan's six commits so far this year are head to head wins over both ND and OSU—everyone save Mone and Speight. (With Michigan hot on the trail of McDowell, Hand, and Lawrence Marshall I'm assuming Brady Pallante's grayshirt doesn't get upgraded.)
I felt sorry for Chantel. It looked like her arm was getting tired having to raise the microphone so high.
It's about time we had an axe-weilding vampire slayer on this team!
How he grew and shrunk from one paragraph to the next. No matter, welcome to a big TE.
We should have rated his height in "fakes out of five" instead of his 40.
I didn't know Chantell Jennings was so damn cute. I need to hit on her more often when I post to her in The Den forum.
Don't worry, bro. You don't sound creepy at all.
Protip: If you want to win a girl's heart, spell her name correctly.
She's not reading these comments and doesn't know my SN on The Den anyways
That means you still have an imaginary chance with her
I'll take, "Posts you can't finish for fear of death for $1000, please, Alex."
That seems like a long time to be out with a sprained ankle, especially considering he doesn't do much cutting in his highlights. Just seemed strange to me. He looks bigger than 210 to me. Love this pick up.
As I mentioned in a previous post Daniel Helm just committed to Tennessee....
I feel like for opposing D coordinators they view players like this as a serious problem. Looks incredibly smooth in the highlights, between him and Harris our receivers are going to be matchup nightmares. Can you imagine some poor 6'1" olb at northwestern trying to cover this guy? Unfair.
And another thing. In another year or two, our team is going to be enormous. Look at the WR, o line, TE, QB, CB, and DL positions and we're recruiting monsters at each and every one of them.
This is great news to land him! It seems like we are moving towards an offense that can put two of Funchess, Butt, and/or Bunting both on the field at the same time, right? By the way, does anyone have a more accurate assessmen to his size, which apparently is anywhere from 6'5"-6'7" and 190-215lbs?
Just call him Tacopants
Get in line, pal.
Are you going to demote your wife to princess or something?
Who, if you pay attention on Twitter, has a ginormous crush on her. He flirts with her daily. I give him big props as she's probably 8-10 years older than him.
I know Chantel and she is awesome. I don't know why when a women (of all people!!) show up on a sports blog they are automatically a sex symbol.
Probably because she's sexy.
I really want to see a picture of him and Speight next to each other, to see who's taller. It almost doesn't matter how tall the people are around him, Speight looks like a giant. That will be a good indicator for Bunting's legitimate height.
You know who's got height? Speight's got height.
They'll both look like midgets, and Bunting will be relegated to slot receiver once Hoke points at McGary and flips him from Coach B.
Bunting looks like a man amongst boys on his highlights. Looks like a beast. In a couple years I feel as if offense will look like TEs lining up all over the line with (only elite) WRs only sprinkled in here and there. That just sounds unstoppable.
Yeah, it kind of is. UCLA had a TE this past year named Joseph Fauria who is also 6'7" and he pretty much scored a touchdown whenever he wanted. He didn't have a ton of yards because he wasn't much of a deep threat, but he had 12 TDs, which is as many as Terrence Williams and Tavon Austin had (T8th nationally). He was a big part of the reason UCLA scored so many points - whenever they were close, they'd throw it to him.
Patriot style offense in terms of spreading it around to athletic and sure handed TEs in the red zone. We now need a speedster underneath to compliment Drake Harris and we can start questioning if Tom Brady is putting himself in line for a coaching position down the road.
Woa.. he's got some crazy acceleration off the line for someone that height. Looks like he could be a nightmare for defenses!
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That is outstanding. Bravo, sir.
we can all look forward to some spider-two and spider-three y bananas
Bunting or Andrews? They seem to compare favorably to each other...who's better?
Ian Bunting sounds like Nick Andopolis. I bet he has a 29-piece drum kit in his basement.
I am glad I was already buckled. I figured the next Hello post would be Parker Wesphal. Welcome to Michigan Ian!
1. Out of state recruit
2. MSU didn't offer him.
Obvious conclusion: he must not be any good.
...because they get all the in-state kids that they offer.
"I saw that Ian [Bunting] gave Michigan his verbal," Weishar said. "It definitely made me think about moving up my decision a bit. I had Notre Dame, Michigan and Northwestern as my favorites, but again, the vibe at Notre Dame and the overall mix always had them in front for me.
My parents came with me and they both loved it
It's not just about football ... and it's not about winning the hearts of just the players.
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
This is Hoke's signature ... and what makes it particularly powerful is Hoke means it.
size 17 feet
As mentioned before ... the young ladies of Ann Arbor should take note. :-)
"He's got big hands and big feet, and you women know what that means...big gloves and shoes."
Rightly said man! almost all of it came from 247 or Bunting's own mouth as he responded to the "scout yourself" question over and over again