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Michigan head coach Brady Hoke and offensive coordinator Al Borges continue to bring the pieces in to mold the Wolverines into their multiple pro-style vision. On the heels of signing a class which included one of the strongest offensive line groups in the nation and as well power back Derrick Green, they are now poised to bring in a receiving weapon at tight end for the third straight class.
In 2012 Michigan signed Devin Funchess, who showed promising signs during his freshman season. It followed up with the addition of the athletic Jake Butt in 2013 and now have a commitment from ESPN 150 TE Ian Bunting. None of the trio had strong resumes as blockers out of high school, but all, including Bunting, have shown good toughness and a willingness to develop into productive blockers, something they will need to do to aid the Wolverines' power run game. They all can also aid the ground attack by being productive receiving threats that can keep defenses honest.
While they each have different strengths, Bunting is arguably the strongest overall receiver of this group. The four-star prospect, who is essentially a big wide receiver in high school and will make the move into more of a tight end role in college, is one of the top receiving TEs in this 2014 class. While he must pack on more mass, he possesses excellent height, has very good hands and can offer a nice catch radius for his quarterback with his ability to attack the ball at its highest point as well as his ability to adjust well to the balls thrown off target. His speed translates better to the tight end position where, if he can maintain his speed as he adds size, he some ability to stretch the middle of the field. He looks to have a good deal of work to do to grow as a blocker, but with the trio Michigan will have on their roster at the position, Bunting can initially contribute more as a valuable receiving target at the position while he develops more as a blocker.
Michigan, whose 2014 classes of six is made up entirely of ESPN 150 prospects, continues to add valuable pieces as it builds this offense and with Bunting the Wolverines added a tight end with the tools to be a highly-productive receiving presence at the position.