Army offers Dunwoody teammates

Army is making a play for two players at Dunwoody (Ga.) High School. Nick Buchanan, a 6-foot-4, 285-pound lineman, who is currently uncommitted, and his teammate, Riley Gessner, a tight end presently committed to Furman, were both extended an offer last week from the Black Knight coaches. Buchanan spoke with ArmySports.com on where he stands after receiving his third offer.

"I think that Army has a really good program," Buchanan said. "It one of the most prestigious schools in the country. If I go there I know I receive a top-rate education. I'll also have the opportunity to serve my country. I'll do so as an officer and then have a good chance to make a lot of money after my service. It's a great package to have been offered. I've always wanted to play big-time college football. Army is giving me the chance to do that with all of the other great bonuses added in. It's something I'm going to be taking a hard look at and I'm definitely planning on taking an official visit to West Point as well.

"The way the offer came about was [Army] was looking at my teammate, Riley Gessner, and my coach said that they should take a look at my film from our first six games. Coach (Danny) Verpaele called and was here the next day. Some things he said they liked with me are my size, my frame, my athleticism, my GPA. He mainly said they liked the way I play the offensive line and thought I'd be a good fit in the program.

Old Dominion was the first to offer Buchanan in March. He also holds offers from UAB, Tulane, Furman, Western Kentucky, and Coastal Carolina. Buchanan reports 19 offers overall from various levels.

"My original plan was to stay in the south for college," Buchanan explained. "I may still do that but I'm considering all of my options. I'm looking the most at what will going to that school do for me after I'm done with college. I'm a three-year starter at Dunwoody and with just a couple of games remaining, my focus is on the season. I think when it's over I'll really start to breakdown my offers and come up with some favorites I want to take official visits to.

"On offense I've played both tackle and guard. Army didn't really specify either one just that they like me on the offensive side of the ball. On defense I play defensive tackle and nose guard. In the off-season I camped at Wake Forest, Furman, and Georgia Tech. I worked a lot on my technique and I think that's what has got me noticed in my senior season with the new offers. I'm also getting off the line and finishing people. I'm winning those battles at the line of scrimmage."

Dunwoody High School, located in the Atlanta metropolitan area, has an interesting array of alumni including Ryan Seacrest of American Idol fame, NFL All-Pro Harris Barton, and Chris Singleton of the NBA's Washington Wizards. The school last won a state championship in football in 1993.

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