Buchanan Talks Brandon Jones In-Home

Cal offensive line commit Nick Buchanan has gotten plenty of attention from some big-time schools, but then he got a visit this week from his new offensive line coach, Brandon Jones.

Nick Buchanan’s first in-home visit with the California coaching staff after the departure of offensive line coach Zach Yenser -- one week ago -- wasn’t very substantive. The visit from head coach Sonny Dykes and Tony Franklin was, as Buchanan says, “just checking in.”

Still, it didn’t worry Buchanan. “I just thought it was routine,” he told BearTerritory.

Buchanan didn’t want to talk much after that in-home, which came during a time where the Dunwoody (Ga.) product got offers from Georgia and Florida. Big-time schools were coming after Buchanan at a time where he was having doubts about his commitment to the Golden Bears.

“Not a lot, just mainly because of the OL coach situation,” Buchanan said.

Still, those doubts were there, and those SEC schools were ready and willing to prey on them.

“They did,” Buchanan said. “They also pitched the education, proximity to home and the family aspect.”

But, Buchanan said, “I mean, none of them were really like a dream school.”

Those schools included Florida and Georgia, which both came with late offers. This week, though, Buchanan finally got an in-home visit from new Cal offensive line coach Brandon Jones, and things just clicked.

“He’s a really great guy,” Buchanan said. “He’s been there before, and he’s someone you can really relate to as a player. There wasn’t anything that I was specifically looking for [during the visit]. I just wanted to get a good vibe from coach Jones, which I did!”

What did Jones do to give off such a good vibe?

“[It] wasn’t anything he really said,” Buchanan said. “It’s one of those things where you just have a feeling in your gut.”

The main topics of conversation were the Cal education and, Buchanan said, “being comfortable enough to trust him.”

That, Buchanan said, was very important, because he “didn’t want to go into a situation clueless.”

After about an hour, “the fact that he’s been there before,” and “the Berkeley education and the opportunity to play in the Pac-12” really sold Buchanan on Jones and the Bears, and, as Buchanan said, “I’m 100 percent Cal!”


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