Buchanan Chooses Arkansas

Arkansas picks up its 16th commitment of the 2012 class when Suwanee (GA) Peachtree Ridge cornerback Ray Buchanan, Jr., chooses the Razorbacks over co-finalist Ole Miss and several other offers.

On a day when Arkansas held its last open practice of the season and a Fan Day as well, it topped things off by adding a 16th commit in the 2012 class.

Suwanee (GA) Peachtree Ridge cornerback Ray Buchanan Jr. (5-11, 176) announced inside the Georgia Dome Saturday night that he had chosen the Razorbacks – the first team to offer him - over co-finalist Ole Miss and numerous offers.

He did so at halftime of the McEachern-North Gwinnett game, the contest before his Peachtree squad took on Marietta Walton in its 2011 season opener.

Those were two of the five games played during an event called the Corky Kell Classic.

"I talked to a lot of former and current players, and they all said they really loved it at Arkansas," Buchanan told the Atlanta Journal Constitution. "It's an exciting atmosphere for college football, and a great place to get a degree."

Buchanan, the son of former NFL Pro Bowler Ray Buchanan, had planned to take all five of his visits, but now says he is solid in his decision and will only take the one to Arkansas.

He has a 3.3 grade point average and will major in either criminal justice or engineering.

"I chose Arkansas because I like Coach Petrino's way of leading his team and I am now a Razorback," Buchanan told Scout.com. "I committed to Coach (Steve) Caldwell and Coach Petrino and both were excited about it. I have a great relationship with the staff and I will be able to be an impact player there.

"I know I can get a great degree there, play for them in the future and bring leadership to the team," Buchanan added. "It is a honor for me to be a Razorback."

Buchanan had 30 tackles and 17 assists as a junior in five games before an injury.

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