Erik Bunte had arguably the biggest challenge of his high school career last weekend blocking Long Beach (Calif.) Poly's defenders and the 2013 offensive guard from Santa Margarita, Calif., passed with flying colors.
Bunte, a 6-foot-7, 310-pound prospect, has proven he is one of the top junior linemen in Southern California and many schools are already showing interest.
"Long Beach Poly is an absolutely extraordinary team," Bunte said. "They have five guys going to ASU. They're the most-talented team we've seen this entire year and they put up a great fight. We played together and we pulled out the win.
"They had some pretty big guys on the lines and they were good and fast but we just worked together, we had some double teams going and we just controlled them."
The Santa Margarita recruit has not picked up any offers yet but he said USC, Alabama, Oregon, UCLA and Oregon State are already showing interest. More programs are expected to get involved once Bunte sends out junior film.
Even though it's still very early in his recruitment, Bunte said USC has taken an early lead and the Trojans should be considered his top school.
Teammate Max Tuerk, a four-star offensive tackle, has already committed to USC and that is one of many reasons why Bunte like the Trojans early on.
"My favorite so far has to be USC," Bunte said. "Max is going to be there, it would be great to play with a teammate, and I love the tradition and it would be great to play close to home."
Another big test awaits Bunte and his Santa Margarita team this weekend as it faces Mission Viejo in the next round of the playoffs.