- Jared Shanker, ESPN Staff Writer
This past weekend was the first college football game Ian Bunting (Hinsdale, Ill./Hinsdale Central) attended as a recruit, so it is no surprise that being hosted by Northwestern for its game against Vanderbilt was the best part of his weekend.
“The most impressive thing really was the game itself,” the 2014 receiver/tight end said.
Bunting arrived to Northwestern several hours before the game and listened to the coaches’ pregame speech and heard from the athletic and academic directors. He also had a chance to talk with Wildcats receivers coach Dennis Springer.
Bunting does not have an offer from Northwestern, but Springer said the staff is on the verge of tendering one. The Wildcats are still evaluating and just want to see a few more games from Bunting’s junior season -- possibly one in person.
At 6-foot-6 and 194 pounds, Bunting plays primarily receiver for his high school but is likely a tight end in college. At Northwestern, however, Bunting would be a Superback, which is similar to an H-back.
“Someone kind of explained to me that Northwestern has the Superback,” Bunting said. “They’re thinking of maybe putting me somewhere like that. I was watching the guy play that a little bit and definitely looked like it could be fun.”
Vanderbilt is also recruiting Bunting, so he was able to see the Commodores play as well Saturday. Vanderbilt had a coach at one of Bunting’s games this season.
Illinois, Iowa and Stanford are also interested in Bunting.
Ohio State will host Bunting for a visit Oct. 6 and Wisconsin Oct. 27. He is working on scheduling a visit to Purdue, which is Bunting's first offer.
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