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Monday, January 28, 2013
Recently offered TE likes Indiana's offense

By Jared Shanker

Happen to see a supersized Bono head in the Indiana crowd Sunday? Well, the one raising the head of U2's lead man was none other than 2014 tight end Ian Bunting.

The Hinsdale (Ill.) Central recruit was at Indiana’s junior day and tried his hand at being a member of the Hoosiers’ famed student section.

“We were first row right behind the basket,” Bunting said. “I was holding the Bono Fathead when [Michigan State] was shooting free throws.”

While the Indiana basketball game was “sweet” and “awesome,” Bunting said, the best part for him was when the Hoosiers football coaches offered him a scholarship. It is his fourth offer overall and third from the Big Ten.

“It means a lot. I’m very excited about it,” Bunting said. “I really like the school and coaches. They’ve been a part of some good offenses and have had success before. My parents like how it’s close to home. I really like how they love slinging the ball in the offense. It’s an offense I want to be a part of.”

The 6-foot-6, 200-pound Bunting played a lot of receiver as a junior but his future is as a pass-catching tight end. Illinois, Purdue and Vanderbilt all foresee him as a traditional tight end on the line and also flexed out wide like a receiver.

The type of offense a school uses will be a big factor in which school Bunting ultimately chooses.

“They were telling me about how they run a fast-paced offense and throw a lot especially to the tight ends,” Bunting said, “which is appealing to me.”

Bunting said he is “taking it all in still” and not naming any favorites. Iowa, Maryland, Northwestern, Notre Dame and Ohio State have all come in recently. Oregon is coming in Tuesday, and Ole Miss, Stanford and Washington are also interested in Bunting.