Irish visit provides answers for Buncom
Notre Dame offered four-star safety Frank Buncom of San Diego (Calif.) St. Augustine a scholarship in mid-September. At that point, Buncom held a top five of Duke, Oklahoma, Stanford, UCLA, Vanderbilt. After the Irish offered, his list of favorites extended to a top five. Over the weekend, Notre Dame hosted Buncom on an official visit during his first trip to South Bend. "The visit was definitely a lot of fun," Buncom said. "It's going to be good to get home and digest all of this information. I will talk to my family about everything. Notre Dame gave me a clear identity of how I would impact their team at free safety, and I got a great look at their campus life." "The coaches like how I'm a long, rangy guy that can make plays, and the see my development at that position," Buncom said. "That's something that I was good to hear." Buncom also received additional clarity from assistant Bob Elliott as to where he stands on Notre Dame's board. "Coach Elliott has been honest with me from the very beginning," Buncom said. "He said they were only planning on taking one safety, and then they got an early commitment and then had some injuries. I was the first safety they offered after they figured out they wanted to take another one, and that's how I ended up in South Bend on an official visit." Asked what his favorite part of the visit was, and Buncom pointed to Notre Dame's academics. "Seeing how their academics were set up and getting the tour of the athletics' facilities," Buncom said. "I wanted to see everything in person and I got a really great impression. Nick Watkins was my host, and he did a great job of showing me the campus lifestyle. It's something I can see myself being a part of." Buncom is also highly considering Stanford. "The game was a lot of fun," Buncom said. "It was great to see two schools that I'm very interested in battle it out. It was a great game. The fans were acting crazy in the rain." The 6-foot-1, 195-pound prospect was able to spend time with Irish wide receiver target Equanimeous St. Brown of Anaheim (Calif.) Servite during his trip. "I know St. Brown pretty well because we were roommate sat a camp together," Buncom said. "We don't really talk about recruiting, but I know he's pretty much down to Notre Dame, Stanford and UCLA. We were just having fun hanging out." Next for Buncom is scheduling official visits to Oklahoma and Vanderbilt. He plans to take his official to Stanford in January. "I won't come out with leaders among my top six until I've made the visits that I need to," Buncom said. "I still have some more places to go." Buncom is a four-star prospect and is ranked as the No. 8 safety in the class of 2015.
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