Buncom with three officials in mind

San Diego (Calif.) St. Augustine senior Frank Buncom completed a physics test and several phone calls with college coaches Thursday looking to secure an official visit dates. The nation's No. 8 safety prospect sometimes has a hard time choosing which is more stressful.

San Diego (Calif.) four-star safety Frank Buncom likes to stay busy, and with AP courses, football and recruiting, his schedule is full.

Buncom is beginning to sort out recruiting by setting official visit dates to Stanford and Notre Dame.

“My official visit to Stanford is Jan. 14, I believe,” said Buncom. “That’s when they bring in all of their commits and big recruits at the same time.

“I’m working on the Notre Dame official visit right now. I’ll be going up there Oct. 4 for the Stanford game with Equanimeous St. Brown, or that following week when they play North Carolina.”

Stanford and Notre Dame are two schools Buncom has spoken to frequently since the recruiting contact period began Sept. 1.

“I’m in contact with Stanford on a weekly basis,” said Buncom. “I actually just got off the phone with Coach (Lance) Anderson their defensive coordinator, so we’re in constant contact.

“Just recently, Notre Dame started to hit me really hard with recruiting. I guess they just had a safety suffer a career ending shoulder injury.

“They were going to take just one safety, and the guy they have committed really early. I think he’s from Bishop Gorman (Nicco Fertitta). Now with the injury, they need to take two safeties in this class, so now Notre Dame is in the picture.”

Buncom has some general objectives in taking official visits to schools, but also some very specific things he wants to see from Notre Dame when he gets to South Bend (Ind.).

“In general, I want to be able to just take everything in,” said Buncom. “I want to get as much information as I can about as much as I can. This is a decision that is going to shape your life for the next three-to-five years.

“As for the specific Notre Dame aspect, a lot of guys come away from that visit saying the campus and environment blew them away. I definitely want to go there and experience that to see if it’s the right place for me.”

While Buncom was never been to Notre Dame and has plenty of questions to get answered about the Fighting Irish, he is very familiar with Stanford.

“I don’t necessarily have any questions about Stanford,” said Buncom. “I think I have a pretty good grasp on what Stanford football is about. I know quite a few of their players there and have been in contact with some of them.

“(Evan Crower) graduated my high school (St. Augustine) the year before I got there, so I’ve been in contact with him and gathered a lot of information about Stanford. Everybody knows I like Stanford a lot.

“I’m just going up there to experience the atmosphere again. I’m not going to commit somewhere until I’m 100-percent sure.”

Stanford has set the bar for Buncom’s recruitment, but having seen so few other schools on his own during the off season, it’s not accurate to characterize his commitment as a formality.

“I’m going on each visit with an open mind,” said Buncom. “I want to gather as much information as I can because if you go in closed minded you might miss some things that makes that school special.”

Buncom is also in the process of setting up an official visit to Vanderbilt. With three of his five allotted official visits almost scheduled, Buncom will focus in the options he has rather than the options he doesn’t have when filling his last two dates.

“I’ve never had a desire to collect offers,” said Buncom. “Which ever school wants to offer me a free education, I’ll consider. It’s never been about ‘Oh, I want an Alabama offer.’ If Alabama hasn’t offered, they’re not on the table.”

USC is maybe the most notable scholarship offer not on the table for Buncom. While the Trojan coaching staff remains in contact with him, USC's next move is not something he will worried about.

“I spoke to Coach (Keith) Heyward right around the beginning of September,” said Buncom. “He siad he still believes I am a scholarship guy, but I just wasn't able to make their camp because I had the ACT and a leadership conference in Nashville (Tenn.).

“He said he thinks I’m an offer guy, but Coach Sarkisian needs to see me play. They may have someone come down to one of my games, but that’s not really my concern. I just want to focus on the offers I have and the schools that are already investing in me.”

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