Before he starts his 2011 season, Suwanee (GA) Peachtree Ridge cornerback Ray Buchanan Jr., plans to announce where he will play his 2012 campaign.
Buchanan (5-10, 176), the son of a former NFL player, has narrowed his decision down to Arkansas and Ole Miss and will make it before his team plays its season opener against Walton in the Georgia Dome on Saturday afternoon.
"I'm not quite sure yet how I am going to go about it, but I am going to announce before we play on Saturday," Buchanan said.
There is a bit of twist, however, for a young man who has a final five of Arkansas, Ole Miss, Maryland, Illinois and Purdue.
"While I am committing somewhere on Saturday, I still plan on making my five official visits to those schools," Buchanan said. "I just want to make sure I see them all and do the right thing."
Buchanan took an unofficial trip to Ole Miss this summer, but has not seen Arkansas.
"That's not that big a deal," Buchanan said. "I am taking my official visit to Arkansas for the Auburn game (on Oct. 8). That's the only official visit I have set up so far although I am talking with Maryland on a date. With Arkansas, it's more about the coaches and how much my family and I trust them."
Arkansas head coach Bobby Petrino and assistant Steve Caldwell have been spearheading the recruitment of Buchanan.
"My family has a long relationship with Coach Petrino, who is a great man, a great guy and someone who I know will take care of me as man and a football player," Buchanan said. "My dad really trusts him and so does my uncle (Bobby Buchanan) who played for him when he coached at Louisville."
Caldwell has made quite the impression on Buchanan as well.
"I have such a great relationship with him, the best of any of the coaches that are recruiting me at any of the schools," Buchanan said. "He is such a great guy and talks to me as a person, not just a football player. That means a lot to me."
Buchanan said that he had had the opportunity to watch a lot of Arkansas games last season.
"They are already a great program and going to be even more elite in the coming years," Buchanan said. "It's exciting to think about being a part of that."
Buchanan played only five games last season before an injury ending his campaign.
He had 30 tackles, 17 assists, 7 pass deflections and an interception before the injury.
"I feel like I do a really good job in coverage, but I want to keep improving on my technique and my deep ball skills," Buchanan.
It certainly doesn't hurt to have a dad – Ray Sr., - who played nine years in the NFL with Indianapolis, Atlanta and Oakland.
"He's been a great help for me and we work all the time on getting better with my hips and every part of being a defensive back," Buchanan said. "He's been there and done that and I try to listen and learn as much as I can."
Peachtree Ridge missed the playoffs last season with a 6-4 mark.
"I really think we have the team this season to make the playoffs," Buchanan said. "We are going to get that started this weekend."
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