The Kansas football team received a commitment on Saturday morning from wide receiver Surahz Buncom, one of its top recruiting targets, during his official visit.
Buncom, a 6-foot-4, 175-pound wide receiver from Mater Dei Catholic High in Chula Vista, California, has received more than a dozen scholarship offers but narrowed his choices to Kansas, Oregon, Oregon State, Buffalo and Duke last week.
A three-star prospect, according to 247Sports and Rivals.com, Buncom also visited Kansas in March with his father, Frank Buncom III, and he had intended to travel to Oregon State this weekend.
Instead, he canceled that trip and moved up his meeting with the Jayhawks at the behest of their coaching staff, which Buncom said told him he was "No. 1 on their recruiting board and a priority target."
The commitment is the second the Jayhawks received from a player in the Class of 2023 in the past week. Taylor Davis, a safety from Missouri City, Texas, also said he would attend and play for Kansas after he graduates from high school.
Buncom comes from a football family as his brother, Frank Buncom IV, played free safety at Stanford and his grandfather Frank Buncom Jr. was a linebacker who played seven years in the AFL.
"It's been a goal of mine to continue my family's legacy," Buncom said in a video that he used to announce his decision. "I'm excited to see the outcome of my excellence. I've never expected to play Division I football, and now that I'm committing to a Power 5 school, it's definitely a dream come true. I can't wait to see what the future holds, whether I make it to the league or I pursue my major."
He also began running track this spring and was hand-timed at 10.53 seconds in the 100 meters during a high school meet on April 21.
Buncom's football coach, John Joyner, said analyst Bill Queisart first reached out to him via Twitter to see if Mater Dei Catholic had any players who may fit at Kansas. Buncom was among the players whom Joyner suggested, and wide receivers coach Terrance Samuel began recruiting Buncom shortly thereafter.
"I don't think he minds talking to coaches and that kind of stuff, but he has the right mentality about which school and why he's interested in what school, and so I just kind of sit back and let him do his thing," Joyner said. "He likes the style of offense. I think he likes the new staff and where the program is headed and how hard they're going after him."
Buncom said he is hoping to get involved in business and real estate, and one of the priorities for him during the official visit was to meet with academic advisors from the school of business who could help outline a way for him to reach his career goals.
Joyner called him "just a very serious young man" who is "very focused" on his life after college and outside of football.
"Great teammate," Joyner said. "Great citizen. Teachers love him. I wish I had more like him outside of the athleticism. He's a good, good teammate and a great, great kid."