Hinsdale Central has a multi-talented athlete with a lot of ability on the gridiron in class of 2014 wide receiver Ian Bunting. At nearly 6'7, 200-lbs, he has excellent size and athleticism, and now is looking for a chance to show it.
"Well, last season I hurt my foot, so I was out for a lot of the season, but the year before, freshman year, I did really well," Bunting said. "I was really looking forward to the season because in 7 on 7s and our preseason scrimmage, I was feeling really good. In our Red-White scrimmage, which is our inter-squad scrimmage to kick off the season, I had a really nice touchdown which really kind of opened people's eyes up. I guess they didn't know that only was I fast and tall, but I can hit people too. I caught a four route over the middle and plowed over one of my friends for a touchdown and it opened people's eyes up, didn't know I could hit like that."
With that kind of ability in a big frame, Bunting should develop into a prospect many schools become interested in. He says if he gains weight, tight end is a possibility, but he likes wide receiver and would like to stay there. He has started to hear from colleges, mostly in the Big Ten.
"A week or two ago, I got some stuff from Iowa, Illinois, and Michigan State. Then, actually today, my coach just gave me Purdue and Penn State, so that's exciting."
Since he missed much of last season, this summer's camp circuit will be important for Bunting. He's still determining the schedule, but knows a few he hopes to make.
"I think I might go to the Northwestern one, maybe Illinois, one of the two, I think there are a lot of Ivy schools going, so I want to get my name out to them. I might go to Michigan State and then I just got the information about Purdue and Penn State today, so I'll have to take a look at those."
The football field is not the only place Bunting's size and ability have come in handy, but for now, he is receiving the most attention for football.
"I played almost every sport last year. I played volleyball and on varsity as a freshman, but I decided to pick up basketball and football this year. I think, our [basketball] coach told me that the the Indiana coach asked about me after one of our games, but no mail or anything from the coaches yet. I can see myself as either one in college, but I think I stand out in football more than basketball as of now."