Frank Buncom IV to Stanford: Cardinal Land 4-Star CB Prospect

Mike Chiari@mikechiariFeatured ColumnistJanuary 28, 2015

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Cornerback Frank Buncom IV made his collegiate decision today, announcing that he will play for Stanford in the 2015 season.

He discussed his reasons for choosing the Cardinal, via Ryan Bartow of 247Sports:

'My comfort level on campus.' Buncom said. 'My interaction with the current players on campus.'

Buncom informed Cardinal coach David Shaw of his intentions last night.

'He was rather ecstatic when I told him,' Buncom said. 'When he first started recruiting me I told him they lead because of all they offer. ...

'Stanford is getting an intelligent football player that plays fast,' Buncom said. 'I'm a determined guy that will put in the extra work.'

According to 247Sports, Buncom is a 4-star prospect out of St. Augustine High School in San Diego, and he ranks as the No. 15 cornerback and No. 118 overall player in his class.

Buncom also has football in his blood as he is the grandson of former San Diego Chargers and Cincinnati Bengals linebacker Frank Buncom II.

As one of the top cornerback recruits in the nation, it comes as no surprise that Buncom was courted by some of the top programs in the country.

St. Augustine offensive guard Chris Gesell revealed in October that his teammate had whittled his choices down to three:

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In addition to Notre Dame, Stanford and Vanderbilt, California and Colorado both made a run at Buncom as well, per 247Sports.

It is easy to see why Buncom was so highly sought after, as he excels in a number of different areas. Rivals.com's Adam Gorney pointed out that Buncom can go toe-to-toe with receivers of all shapes, sizes, speeds and skill levels, via Chris Johnson of SI.com.

That combination of being a guy who has great size at cornerback, but he also moves really well. He can keep up with smaller receivers or bigger receivers. And then he just understands the position. I think everybody knows he's a really smart guy, and he takes that, and it translates over to the field really well, where he understands what his coaches want. He understands wide receivers' routes, so he doesn't get burned on a lot of plays.

In addition to his on-field excellence, Buncom shines off the field, per Tom Loy of 247Sports:

With so much working in Buncom's favor, it is tough to not be excited about his future at the collegiate level.

At the same time, there will undoubtedly be a great deal of pressure on him to succeed due to his talent level and pedigree as the grandson of a former AFL star.

He seems to have the attitude to handle it, though, and he certainly has the physical tools.

Not only is he fast, but at 6'2" and 190 pounds, Buncom is also big and physical enough to play almost any style.

Even if he isn't an impact player as a freshman, it is tough to envision him being anything other than a star over the course of his college career.

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