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Wednesday, February 27, 2013
Ohio State offer humbles 2014 TE

By Brad Bournival

Just as soon as Ian Bunting (Hinsdale, Ill./Hinsdale Central) released a top three, he is reconsidering.

Of course some of that might have had to do with the fact Mike Vrabel and Ohio State offered the 6-foot-6, 200-pound tight end on Tuesday night.

Originally naming Notre Dame, Oregon and Vanderbilt his leaders, Bunting now wants to wait things out a bit.

“As for the top three, I’ve realized it’s really too early to rank schools,” he said. “Because it’s so early in the process, I have a lot to learn.”

One thing Bunting won’t have to research is the Buckeyes' tradition.

Ohio State joins Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Northwestern, Notre Dame, Ole Miss, Oregon, Purdue and Vanderbilt on the list of schools that have offered the junior. He also has interest from Michigan, Nebraska and Texas A&M.

The latest offer is one Bunting has taken to heart.

“This is a big offer for me and I’m thrilled about it,” he said. “It’s a great program with a very storied history and I’m honored by the offer.”

Bunting joins ESPN Watch List tight ends Jeb Blazevich (Charlotte, N.C./Charlotte Christian) and Nic Weishar (Chicago/Marist), who have 2014 offers from the Buckeyes. Vincent Jackson (Tampa, Fla./Jesuit) and Bryce Dixon (Ventura, Cal./St. Bonaventure) also have offers from Ohio State.

After having his season cut short by an ankle injury in late September, Bunting finished with 16 catches for 412 yards and four touchdowns.