ADDISON, Ill. – Hinsdale (Ill.) Central four-star tight end Ian Bunting arrived for Sunday morning’s Core 6 Athletes 7-on-7 Shootout, an IMG 7-on-7 National Qualifier, at Addison Trail High School, fresh off an overnight visit to Notre Dame.
Notre Dame made a move with four-star TE Ian Bunting over the weekend.
The Irish are one of the 6-foot-6, 210-pound Bunting’s top schools along with Michigan, Northwestern, Ohio State, Oregon, Vanderbilt and USC.
This was Bunting’s second trip to the South Bend campus.
“I found out that Notre Dame is a special place,” Bunting said. “It’s really cool with all the history. There is something special there with all the tradition they have and I love the way they use their tight ends. I’m definitely higher on them than I was before.”
Ranked by 247Sports as the nation’s No. 11 tight end, Bunting got to spend over an hour with head coach Brian Kelly and he really enjoyed his time with the players. He was hosted by freshman receiver James Onwualu.
“I fit in well,” Bunting said.
Next up for Bunting is a visit to USC on Friday. When he returns home, he’ll head to Michigan on Saturday and stay through Sunday. A decision could come shortly after.
Garrett Gears Up For Alabama & LSU
Ohio State remains five-star linebacker Clifton Garrett’s top school, but Alabama, Florida, LSU, Ole Miss and USC are charging hard for the Joliet (Ill.) Plainfield South standout’s signature.
Five-star OLB Clifton Garrett is excited about weekend visits to Alabama and LSU.
Ranked by 247Sports as the nation’s top outside linebacker, the 6-foot-2, 228-pound Garrett took a recent visit to see the Rebels campus and this weekend he heads down to Alabama on Friday before getting over to LSU on Saturday.
“I’m hopefully looking to get that Alabama offer when I get down there,” Garrett said. 247Sports ranks him as the country’s No. 23 prospect overall.
“I’m just looking forward to getting down to both schools and just sitting down and talking to the coaches 1-on-1 and getting a better feel for them and the campuses.”
Garrett will also visit Florida and USC sometime during the summer and he plans to also get back to Ohio State. He plans on taking his official visits before announcing a college decision at the U.S. Army All-American Bowl on Jan. 4.
Florida and USC will be in to see Garrett on Monday.
Maximum Exposure Swings Through Notre Dame and Northwestern
A huge group from the Lifting As We Climb Sound Mind Sound Body Maximum Exposure program out of of Detroit, made stops at Notre Dame and Northwestern on Saturday before Sunday’s IMG Qualifier.
One of Notre Dame’s targets in the 2015 class in Detroit (Mich.) Cass Tech quarterback Jayru Campbell was part of the traveling party. He already holds offers from the Irish, Alabama, Michigan State and Eastern Michigan after helping lead his team to two-straight state championships.
Fresh off last week's visit and offer from Penn State, LB Jared Wangler is already planning a return trip.
“We saw a practice and they gave us a tour,” Campbell said. “The practice was very organized and everything was smooth.”
The 6-foot-3, 190-pound Campbell got a chance to talk with his recruiter Chuck Martin and remains high on the Irish.
“I’ve always liked Notre Dame,” Campbell said. “When they offered me I was really happy. I’m trying to visit them as much as I can and hopefully I can make it to a game in the fall.”
Maximum Exposure founder and organizer Curtis Blackwell was extremely impressed with Northwestern head coach Pat Fitzgerald. Blackwell said that Fitzgerald spent an hour talking with his kids.
Fitzgerald also has his eye on a couple kids in the Maximum Exposure program in linebackers Jared Wangler of Warren (Mich.) De La Salle and Parris Bennett of University of Detroit Jesuit. Wangler was told by the Wildcats staff that they already like him on tape and they just want to get to know him better. The message to Bennett was that a strong camp performance could result in an offer and he plans to get back to Evanston to prove he is worthy.
Other top prospects that made the trip with the Maximum Exposure team included 2014 defensive backs Jalen Embry and Timothy Cason II, and talented 2015s in running back Michael Weber, offensive lineman Kyonta Stallworth and a pair of athletes in John Kelly and Romello Ross.
Penn State Leading For Michigan Linebacker
Northwestern may need to move fast on the 6-foot-1, 218-pound Wangler, who is very high on last week’s offer from Penn State, which capped off a great visit.
Top247 WR Dominique Booth will visit Alabama or Tennessee this weekend.
Wangler will visit Michigan State on Tuesday and he plans to get back to Penn State in the near future with his father.
“I’m really liking Penn State,” Wangler said. “Coach (Ron) Vanderlinden is a great guy and great coach. It’s a great fit there. We’ll see how it goes.”
-Indianapolis (Ind.) Pike Top247 receiver Dominique Booth led his Preps To Prospects E-7 team to a championship on Sunday. This Saturday, he plans to visit either Alabama or Tennessee. Booth is currently in touch with the Crimson Tide staff about trying to stay overnight with one of the players, but if that is not a possibility expect him back in Knoxville.
The Vols have a great chance of signing the nation’s No. 19 receiver overall according to the 247Composite. However there is some serious competition as Booth recently named a group of leaders in Tennessee, Alabama, Florida State, Vanderbilt, West Virginia, Indiana, Missouri and Virginia Tech.
Following the college evaluation period, which begins on Monday, Booth plans to narrow his list even further, and aims to make a college decision before the start of the season.
-Niles (Ill.) Notre Dame running back Chris James is not close to making a college decision, but spring break trips to Michigan State and Pittsburgh have the Spartans and Panthers in a good spot for the productive player early in the recruiting process.
“Both programs have a great history at the running back position and just knowing I have a chance to be part of the next wave means a lot,” James said.
Ranked by the 247Composite as the nation’s No. 25 running back overall, the 5-foot-10, 207-pound James rushed for 2,100 yards and 32 touchdowns as a junior.
-Like James, Chicago (Ill.) Mount Carmel running back Matt Domer is taking his time with his college decision as well. He is currently favoring Illinois and Boston College, but he is excited about several other schools including Kansas and Syracuse.
-Iowa State will host Lombard (Ill.) Montini Catholic teammates in linebacker Nile Sykes and receiver Simmie Cobb on Saturday, as well as Downers Grove (Ill.) North linebacker Vontae Diggs and Oak Park (Ill.) River Forest cornerback Jamal Baggett for Saturday’s junior day. Sykes already holds an offer from the Cyclones and has them in his early top three along with Illinois and Indiana. Syracuse is another program he has high interest in. Diggs is expecting an offer from Iowa State upon his arrival to campus. Ball State is his current leader.
-Downers Grove (Ill.) South freshman offensive tackle Erik Swenson figures to be one of the nation’s most-sought after prospects in the class-of-2016. Michigan is the school he rooted for growing up and they hold the top spot for the 6-foot-7, 285-pound Swenson. Northwestern is running No. 2 following a strong visit to Evanston on April 6. Notre Dame rounds out the early top three.
Swenson has a busy summer in the works. He’ll be back at Northwestern on June 7, before heading to Michigan’s camp June 16-20, with his last stop going to Notre Dame for the lineman camp on June 22.
-Lake Zurich (Ill.) High linebacker Colton Moskal holds offers from Syracuse and Minnesota and will visit both programs over the next two weekends.