But Ponder remains high on all three of the schools.
"All three are my favorites,'' the 5-foot-11, 160-pound Ponder said. "I'm looking for a school with good academics, nice surroundings, and where I can make an impact in the future in football and academics.''
Ponder wants to major in business, and become an entrepreneur, so he plans on looking into the majors offered at the aforementioned schools.
In addition to his defensive responsibility, Ponder plays receiver, but that is not the focus of his recruiting.
"(Schools) are mostly looking at me on defense, but always talking about both ways,'' Ponder said. "I like both, but I would rather play defense. But I know I have the ability to play offense. Really, I'm no better at one. I think I'm able to do both.''
Ponder said he discussed taking an official visit to Rutgers for the Dec. 5 game against West Virginia, but he is not sure whether that is going to happen.
But he does like what he has heard about Rutgers.
"I know they've been having a high graduation rate and the past couple of years they've been telling me how the program has been going,'' Ponder said. "I see the success and all the people in NFL from Rutgers. I want to learn more about the academic thing, the courses, and what people like to take at the school.''
Ponder said he hears similar things about Cincinnati.
"They have a really high graduation rate,'' Ponder said. "I think they have a really good business program.
"Middle Tennessee State, I like the coach, how he stayed in contact with me. They're a school that is really trying, football-wise. I see how the coaches are really interested.''
All visits and any more developments into his recruitment will take a backseat to Trinity Catholic's playoff run.
The Celtics (8-2) are in the first round of the playoffs, where they face West Nassau on Friday. Ponder has approximately 50 tackles, and two interceptions on defense.
"It's going great,'' Ponder said. "We lost two games, and have a first round playoff game coming up. I think we can do pretty well. They are a disciplined team that we're playing.''