Ray Buchanan Jr. Makes Big Plays

For the first time in five years, Peachtree Ridge (GA) high school is not in the state playoffs. However, a familiar name is staying busy, despite being just a junior. Ray Buchanan, Jr., whose dad played in the NFL, including a stint with the Atlanta Falcons, has caught the eye of college coaches and was among those invited to the Tech-Miami game for a visit.

Ray Buchanan Jr. ran into a familiar face among the recruits on his visit to Georgia Tech. "The one I knew and probably spent the most time with was D.J. White from Union Grove High School." Buchanan and White both play defensive back. "He said he liked Tech too."

Ray got to spend some time with the coaches on his visit to Georgia Tech. "I spent some time with Coach (Charles) Kelly and defensive coordinator Al Groh," said Buchanan. "They were both nice and said they'd be in touch with me."

Buchanan's visit to Tech was not his first of the season. "I've been to Oklahoma and Vanderbilt. Ray has plans to visit Cincinnati this weekend and is thinking about visiting Florida State.

Ray has talked to his dad about how to approach recruiting. "He said I should enjoy it and stay focused." Buchanan has plans to send out his highlight video to gain more interest. "I think we'll hear from more schools after we do that." Ray will be getting his video out to schools in December or January.

Even though the season is over, Ray is finding things to keep busy. "I want to keep my grades up, improve my GPA, and I'm scheduled to take my ACT and SAT." Ray will also continue to train.

Buchanan is listed at 5'10"-170 and feels he still has room to grow. "I'll probably be at least six feet and I expect to put on some solid muscle to go with that."

The visit to Tech for the Miami game will not be Buchanan's only visit to Tech. "I probably will go back for another visit in the off-season."

Like his dad, Buchanan has picked up a similar nickname. "When I make a big play, they call me "Big Play" or just Ray Ray."

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