"All of my focus after this week will be on the Jackson Academy game," Buchanan said, when going over division play. "We have to concentrate on Presbyterian Christian because they're a good team, but I'd be lying if I said I haven't thought about the J.A. game. It's been circled on my calender since last year when we lost to them. Everybody is looking forward to it."
Buchanan missed the game against Starkville Academy last Friday but feels like he will be 100 percent by game time tomorrow.
"I hurt my leg against Pearl. I suffered a quad contusion in that game and missed our game last Friday. We have a couple of big division games coming up. They didn't want me to get back out and risk getting it hurt. I'm feeling better and better. I should be all the way back soon."
The four-star QB plays in a run-dominated offense. His season stats through five games almost looks like some QBs' game stats for one game, much less a season. He is 30-56 for 637 yards with eight TDs and two interceptions. He's also chipped in 100 rushing yards and two TDs. Is it frustrating not getting to display his skills?
"I guess the biggest thing in playing in this type of offense is that you have to make smart decisions because you don't get a lot of throws. We only throw one or two deep routes a game. That's where I have actually gotten most of my yards though. When you play in a run offense you have to make smart decisions and make it count when you do get to throw. I do get to run a lot, too. I get to do a lot of that. It helps me manage my game."
What improvements has the 6' 4", 200-pound quarterback made this season?
"I've done it a couple of times this season. When I start feeling the pressure I take off and run it or avoid the pressure and get rid of the ball to my receivers. I'm trying to make more play with my feet this fall."
What is he working on this fall to get his game prepared for the SEC level?
"I guess, mainly, just managing the game better. Getting better timing with my receivers. We run a lot of quick routes. I don't have a lot of time to throw the long routes so we have to have very good timing in our short routes."
Buchanan took his official visit to Ole Miss the weekend the Rebels played Texas.
"It was fun; a lot of fun, actually. A lot of guys in my class where there. I got to hang out with Mark Dodson all weekend because he was taking his official visit that weekend, too. We ate at (Ole Miss head) Coach (Hugh) Freeze's house for breakfast. I got to see all of the recruits that Ole Miss is still trying to commit. That was the highlight of my trip."
How did it go with the top Ole Miss recruits that weekend?
"It went good, I thought. I already knew most of the guys who were already committed to them like Davion Johnson, Daronte Bouldin, Mark Dodson, C.J. Hampton, and Evan Engram. It was good getting to hang out with those guys for the game though. I spent a lot of time with Christian Morgan because he was also on his official visit, and I know they really want him, and I do too. I also hung out with Laquon Treadwell all day Saturday. We all watched some film together and just went over their offense. I stayed up with Christian and Laquon to about 1:30 in the morning going over everything. I told them what made Ole Miss unique to me and why I picked them. I answered as many of their questions as I could. I think they both really enjoyed their trip."
Buchanan's mother started to build a bond with Morgan's mother on the trip.
"My mom knows his mom so they pretty much hung out the whole trip. I don't know if Christian is going to switch (commitments) or not but I really think he likes Ole Miss."
What was the highlight of the trip?
"Probably the pregame and how crazy it was before the game against Texas. Seeing all of the people in the Grove for the walk-through was just really cool. It was just a crazy atmosphere."
What was he keying on during the game?
"Their offense is doing good. We'll see this week what they can do against the top defense in the country. Alabama doesn't have any weaknesses. I want to see if they do anything differently against Alabama. Are they going to pass it more? They ran a lot of read options in the Tulane game. I want to see if that works against SEC teams. It looks great right now, but will those read options work against SEC teams? I'm just real curious to see how it plays out."
Buchanan feels he can bring a few things to the table for the Ole Miss offense.
"I really love the fast-paced offense Ole Miss runs. You have to makes smart decisions. I sat down with (Ole Miss co-offensive coordinator and QBs) Coach (Dan) Werner, and he likes the athleticism and strong arm I can bring to an offense. He thinks I'm going to be a great fit. I will say this though: Bo (Wallace) is making some great throws with guys in his face. It's awesome to watch, but I think I can make the throws I need to make to move that offense down the field on a consistent basis. I just can't wait to get started."
Did this visit help solidify his commitment?
"Yes, it did. I was already solid but seeing the offense up close and seeing how it works was nice. I'll hopefully get to see them play the rest of the SEC games and see what they keep calling and see if they change things but I think it looks great. I got a chance to get closer with the guys on the team and the guys who are coming in next year with me. I just can't wait to start practicing with those guys."
Yancy Porter is the Mississippi Scout for Scout.com and he can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org