Michigan tight end Ian Bunting announced via Instagram that he intends to transfer for his final year of eligibility.
Below is the announcement from Bunting.
View this post on Instagram
This has been a very difficult decision, but I have decided to forgo my 5th year at the University of Michigan in order to play football and earn a graduate degree elsewhere. I have obtained my release. To my family, teammates, coaches, Michigan fans, and the University of Michigan, I will forever be thankful for the support you’ve given me over the years here in Ann Arbor. This place will always be a special one for me and it has been the experience of a lifetime. Michigan has given me the opportunity to grow not only as an athlete and a student, but as a man. Thank you, Michigan. #NMWWAWAT
The 6-foot-7 tight end was highly recruited out of high school. With a 247 composite 4-star ranking, and as the 11th ranked tight end, Michigan beat out schools with extended offers like Florida State, Notre Dame, and Oklahoma.
Per the norm of Michigan offseasons lately, this one was bound to have some attrition. Bunting has joined four other teammates (WR Drake Harris, QB Wilton Speight, QB Alex Malzone, WR Moe Ways) in declaring plans to leave as graduate transfers.
Bunting saw his role on the team shrink with the emergence of fellow TEs Sean McKeon and Zach Gentry.
He finished the 2017 season with 1 reception for 6 yards. Last year’s stats attributed to his career totals of 11 receptions for 124 yards. With his best season coming in 2015, when he totaled 5 receptions for 72 yards.
Where Bunting saw his role shift was almost exclusively on special teams and blocking downs. Despite only recording 1 reception this past season, he played in all 13 games.
The tight end position is in a great spot in this upcoming year. Sean McKeon, Zach Gentry, Nick Eubanks, and Tyrone Wheatley will all be returning. Also, Mustapha Muhammad (4-star) and Luke Schoonmaker (3-star) are in the fold of the 2018 recruiting class, which puts the Wolverines in a great spot gfor the 2018 season and moving forward.
We wish good luck to Ian Bunting in all future endeavors. Maybe those endeavors will include some more music dropping in the future:
Adios, Ian Bunting.