ITV visits with Bobby Buchanan

Bobby Buchanan is the younger brother of former Cardinal great Ray Buchanan. I had an opportunity to speak with Bobby on Sunday afternoon to discuss his favorites, memories and more.

Just over a decade ago then head coach Howard Schnellenberger signed a talented wide receiver from the suburbs of Chicago, Ill. by the name of Ray Buchanan. Soon after, Coach Schnellenberger moved Buchanan from receiver to cornerback. Buchanan went on to become an All-American at Louisville and has since enjoyed a career as one of the NFL's top cornerbacks.

Ray's youngest brother, Bobby Buchanan, (6'0, 180) is now a standout defensive back at Joliet Catholic Academy in suburban Chicago and is receiving interest from some of the nation's top programs.

Bobby told me that he has great memories of watching his brother Ray play for Louisville.

"I was like 6, 7 and 8 years old when he played. I remember running around on the field acting like I was him," Buchanan said while laughing.

He laughingly recalled a few times running around on the practice field with another player that the Cardinal coaching staff is recruiting.

"A few weeks ago I was looking through a magazine and saw something about Brian Brohm and started thinking, 'I know that name from somewhere,' explained Buchanan. "I figured out who it was and started laughing about how we would play around while our brothers were practicing."

It's quite possible that the younger Buchanan and Brohm could be playing together once again. Louisville continues to be a leader for both.

"U of L, Iowa and Illinois are my favorites right now," said Buchanan. "I'm also getting a lot of mail from UCLA, Purdue, Oregon and Florida State."

Buchanan, who also sees plenty of action at both running back and wide receiver, recently took an unofficial visit to the University of Illinois. While there he received his first scholorship offer.

While he hopes to play at cornerback or free safety in college, The Fighing Illini are interested in him being a receiver.

He definately has the speed to play on either side of the ball. Buchanan recently beat last years Illinois State Champion in both the 100 and 200 meter sprints. He also told me that he has a 40-yard speed around 4.3.

I also asked Bobby to explain some of the things that he is looking for when choosing a program to play for.

"I want to have coaches that have faith in me," explained Buchanan. "I want to be somewhere where it feels like a family."

He continued to say that he hopes to find a school that has a good computer engineering and graphic design program, as well as great tutoring for players.

He is also continuing to work in the weight room, in hopes of having good enough size to have an opportunity to play as a true freshman. "I'd love to be able to play right away," Buchanan explained. "I'm working out a lot and hope to be even bigger by the time the season is over."

He has plans on attending camps at both Iowa and Illinois, but he informed me that he has been talking to his parents about visiting Louisville during their spring practice.


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