“Earlier in my season, a couple months ago, I got a call from coach Yenser, and he told me that he found my highlight tape, and he told me that he liked it, and then he told me that he was going to keep looking at me, through my games, watching them online through Hudl, and this week, he called me and told me that he hadn’t forgotten about me,” Buchanan said. “He said they were still interested, and he was still fighting for me to get an offer, and today, he hit me on Twitter and told me to call him tonight, because he had some good news. I called him, and he told me that it was official: I had an offer from the California Golden Bears.”
The offer is a big one for Buchanan, as it’s his first BCS-level offer out of the 20 he now holds.
“It’s huge, man,” Buchanan said. “The fact that it’s a Pac-12 offer, I know it’s all the way across the country, but to see the hard work that you put in, for any college, really – it doesn’t matter if it was Double-A or DII, or FBS – it gives you the feeling that everything’s paid off, and you really worked hard throughout your high school career.”
The 6-foot-5, 285-pound 2015 lineman had Western Kentucky, Tulane, Tulsa, Old Dominion, UAB and Army as his most notable offers up to this point. Though the Bears are now his biggest offer, he still wants to take some time and do his research, since Berkeley is all the way across the country.
“I still have to step back, because they just offered, and look at everything,” Buchanan said. “It’s a big decision to go all the way out across the country for the next four years. I’d say they move into my top three.”
That said, Buchanan has been paying close attention to Cal this season.
“I’ve been following them all year, watching games and everything,” Buchanan said. “I know they’re 5-4, I know their schedule and everything. I’ve been following them. I’ve been thinking about them a lot, because it’s also a great education to have, as well. It’s a win-win situation, whatever you do, with Cal.”
Buchanan didn’t ask Yenser whether the Bears like him at tackle or guard, since he currently plays tackle, but figures that because of his size, he’ll wind up at guard.
Dunwoody isn’t a traditional offense, per se, but they are run-heavy and have a high-tempo.
“For the past three years, we ran the triple-option,” Buchanan said. “Now, we run a downhill, power, no-huddle offense. We won’t pass the ball, but we’re run-and-gun. We’re up-tempo, all game, every game.”
He will definitely be at-home in Cal’s speed offense.
“[Yenser] said that I’m really athletic, that I block well in space, and I have really good footwork,” Buchanan said.
Buchanan has a 3.3 GPA, and plans to make his official visit “some time in December.”
“They said they have a lot of Atlanta recruits coming down around Dec. 12, so that’s probably when I’ll come,” Buchanan said.