Schools, Calls Collide for Buncom

The San Diego (Calif.) St. Augustine four-star safety, Frank Buncom, is balancing schoolwork and phone calls from college coaches...

San Diego (Calif.) St. Augustine safety Frank Buncom (6-2, 190), had a busy week, but not all of it was recruiting related.

"We were getting ready for spring break, so I had a lot of homework and the teachers were piling it on," said Buncom. "So it got a little much with all of the phone calls coming in."

Carrying a GPA over a 4.0, Buncom has focused his attention on his studies, and on baseball, so he's not gotten caught up in recruiting all that much.

But when the phone rang this week, Buncom was answering.

"My first call came from Utah," said the four-star. "Coach (Mike) Christensen called me. Then Harvard, Yale, Tennessee and Cal all called. Coach (Greg) Burns is recruiting me for Cal."

Since then, Buncom has talked with Northwestern, Stanford, UCLA and USC.

"Coach (Lance) Andersen and I have talked at Stanford and Coach (Jim) Mora and I have talked at UCLA. Northwestern and Coach (Jerry) Brown said they're going to start recruiting me and USC has also talked to me and they want me to go up their for their spring game," said Buncom.

Buncom's grandfather played for the Trojans and Buncom is hoping to be in Los Angeles this weekend to see USC. He may also return to camp there, in hopes of an offer.

"I believe USC wants me to go to their camp during the summer so we're trying to figure out the schedule to do that," said Buncom.

Buncom has taken a different approach in his recruitment.

"A lot of schools are recruiting me aggressively and I've been able to stay in contact with them but I'm trying to keep everything balanced and just trying to be a teenager," said Buncom. "I'm really focused on baseball and a community service project I'm working on rather than seeing universities."

Once summer comes, Buncom said he'll reshift his focus.

"Once I'm done with baseball and school this summer, I'll start to get into recruiting more, but I still don't want to get to wrapped up in it," said Buncom.

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