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4-Star Defensive Back Frank Buncom IV commits to Stanford

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The lanky DB is the latest member of #CardClass15

Frank Buncom - Student Sports
Frank Buncom - Student Sports

Frank Buncom IV, the nation's 8th-best cornerback, decided to join in the legacy of Richard Sherman on Wednesday by committing to Stanford.

Buncom is the 120th-best player in the nation according to 247 Sports, making him the 2nd-highest ranked recruit in Stanford's 2015 class, behind only wide receiver Trent Irwin.

Buncom, who hails from San Diego's St. Augustine high, is the grandson of former Chargers linebacker Frank Buncom II - a three-time AFL All-Star who is in the Chargers' Hall of Fame. Buncom is ranked by 247 Sports as the 19th-best player in the state of California.

Buncom selected Stanford out of a final four that included Cal, Vanderbilt, and Notre Dame, but he was also holding offers from UCLA, Washington, Tennessee and Oklahoma among others.

He can be found on Twitter at the handle @BeastNamedFrank.

Here's analysis of Buncom's game from SB Nation Recruiting's Derrell Warren:

Buncom is an athlete with great height and a strong-looking frame. Buncom plays on both sides of the ball for his high school team, but his future is likely in the defensive secondary.

Whether Buncom stays at corner long term or slides inside to safety may depend on the scheme of the college he picks. Although physical, his long speed probably ranges from average to above average. At this stage he would probably project best in a cover two or two-man scheme that allowed him to be physical at the line due and having a two deep shell over the top.

On tape, Buncom may flash the most upside at safety. Against the run he covers a ton of ground, often ranging from a single high position pre-snap out to the edge. He's a powerful wrap tackler with great balance and brings hips through contact while surrendering very few, if any yards after initiating contact with a runner.

Although there's isn't a large volume of film with Buncom defending the pass from the safety position, his range, awareness, and short area quickness should translate well.

He's very instinctual as a run defender and takes efficient angles to the ball. Also, he's disciplined and sets a hard edge, funneling runs back inside when playing the cornerback position. At safety, he fills the alleys aggressively. Has plus level closing burst and can re-direct his momentum in traffic to track ball carriers.

Ultimately Buncom has two-year starter level upside at corner, especially as a press-man corner.