Frank Buncom IV is preparing to narrow his list to a more manageable level, and that's big news. Even more important is that one school -- USC -- is slipping out of his recruitment, and the four-star cornerback is under the belief an offer from the Trojans is not coming.
"I was looking toward the end of the summer to have a top five, but I might start cutting some schools off sooner than that," Buncom said. "I just need to talk over some things with my father. I'll be doing that pretty soon."
The USC coaching staff wanted Buncom to camp there this summer, and the San Diego (Calif.) St. Augustine prospect believed an offer would come. He didn't go to any USC camps because of some academic obligations, and Buncom thinks that the offer window has now closed.
"The biggest thing right now would be I haven't really talked to USC that much," Buncom said. "I talked to coach (Keith) Heyward a few days ago and notified him that I wasn't going to be able to make it up to campus. They wanted me to come up.
"I was out of town during the camps and they wanted me to come up and work out and pay a camp fee. That's when I was supposedly going to get offered, but I told him I wasn't going to be able to make it up to campus at all.
"I don't believe I'll be getting a USC offer, and I'll be fine with that."
The 6-foot-1, 188-pound four-star who shined at the Rivals100 Five-Star Challenge presented by Under Armour earlier this off-season in Baltimore said his focus will turn to the schools that have offered after months of going back-and-forth with USC have finally come to a close. Two schools will definitely make the first cut for Buncom, and a third is a strong possibility as well.
The San Diego prospect said a decision will not come until after his football season.
"I definitely want to focus on the schools that have offered," Buncom said. "They have shown a commitment in me as a football player and as a person so I want to focus on them.
"Right now I believe I can tell you Stanford and UCLA will be on that list, and probably Duke as well. I'm pretty sure on those and then I have to figure out where I'm going to go from there."
Adam Gorney is a West Region football recruiting analyst for Rivals.com. You can click here to follow him on Twitter.
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