FNL: Buchanan Talks Shop with Gators

Earlier this month the nation's No. 1 rated weakside linebacker made his decision. Melbourne (Fla.) Palm Bay prospect Ramon Buchanan picked the Miami Hurricanes. But at the time he had plans to attend Friday Night Lights in Gainesville as well as a few other campus visits. He kept those plans and indeed made the trip to Florida for the weekend.

"I had a good time under the lights competing with a bunch of great athletes," Ramon Buchanan said.

The four-star prospect is extremely athletic and quick. At 6-1, 195-pounds, he runs a 4.5 40-yard dash and can close out on running backs with the best of them. He's a very good tackler and gets off blocks very well.

He had the opportunity to compete against some great linebackers, including Jerrell Harris and cover some tremendous running backs, including Gator commit Franklin Green and Jamie Harper.

"I think I had a great camp," Buchanan said. "I think I did really well going against the kind of athletes I was facing."

But unlike many of the other prospects who remarked that the competition was the greatest part of the camp, Buchanan liked something else instead. He viewed a video all about Florida's renovation and addition of the football offices, which peaked Buchanan's interest. He wants to study automotive engineering once he gets to college and the video was right down his alley.

"For me, that was the highlight of my trip," he said. "They showed me the tape of all the new facilities on campus."

Florida's linebacker coach Charlie Strong was fully aware of Buchanan's interests and took time to discuss UF's engineering school with him. Buchanan said he was impressed that Strong took the time to research his interests and gather the information about the school's program as well.

Buchanan didn't say whether his recruiting is still open despite a commitment to the Hurricanes, but he didn't deny it either. The Gators have had recent success on players from Palm Bay High School, most notably Joe Cohen and recent first round NFL draft pick Reggie Nelson. Nelson was also in attendance at Friday Night Lights.

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