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Sunday, November 18, 2012
TE Ian Bunting reels in Vanderbilt offer

By Jared Shanker

Ian Bunting (Hinsdale, Ill./Hinsdale Central) had a good feeling going into his visit to Vanderbilt, but he was afraid of being let down. If he expected an offer and didn’t get one, it would be a long ride back to Chicago.

“You get too arrogant and you jinx yourself,” Bunting said.

There was no voodoo waiting at Vanderbilt, though, as the 2014 tight end picked up an offer from the Commodores this weekend while down in Nashville. Bunting and his mother were on the field before the game when coach James Franklin ran over.

“He came in close and was like ‘We saw you on film and wanted to see you in person and now that we’ve seen you in person we’re gonna offer you a full scholarship,’ ” Bunting said. “He said I’m the kind of kid they want and hope I choose Vanderbilt.”

Bunting got to Nashville early and walked around the city and campus before heading to the stadium. Bunting said he “loves” the town and passion of the fan base.

Purdue was Bunting’s first offer, and several BCS programs are high on the 6-foot-6 tight end. No matter which schools offer Bunting from here on out, the Commodores have sealed their place among the top.

“They’re definitely one of my top schools and will continue to be one of my top schools even with other offers coming,” Bunting said. “The academics and athletics, the whole combination you get from Vanderbilt is definitely important to me.

“And it’s in the SEC, which doesn’t hurt.”

Bunting does not have any more visits planned. He made several stops at Big Ten programs this fall.