Two leaders for Ray Buchanan, Jr.

Ray Buchanan, Jr., a 5-10, 180-pound cornerback from Suwanee (GA) Peachtree Ridge, recently received an offer from Louisville, where his father starred in the 1990's before earning the nickname "Big Play" Ray in the National Football League.

Ray Buchanan, Jr., a 5-10, 180-pound corner from Suwanee (GA) Peachtree Ridge, recently received an offer from Louisville, where his father starred in the 1990's before earning the nickname "Big Play" Ray in the National Football League.

Buchanan has strong connections to Louisville. Besides his father, who led Louisville to their breakthrough win against Alabama in the Fiesta Bowl two decades ago, Buchanan's uncle, Bobby, also played for the Cardinals during the Bobby Petrino era.

"Louisville offered me two weeks ago," said Buchanan, who is spending spring break with his grandparents in Louisville. "It's an honor to get one from Louisville, especially since my dad went there. I always get questions about if I want to go to Louisville and follow my dad. It would be an honor to play here at Louisville. My dad tells me to do what I want to do, but if I like Louisville to look into the school. He's told me a couple things about the school, and the people that I hang around [family] really want me to go to Louisville."

Though Buchanan doesn't plan to visit Louisville while in town this week, he did speak with assistant Brian Jean-Mary last week about the Cardinals interest.

"I talked to Coach Jean-Mary last week and he was saying they would like me to play for them," Buchanan said. "He was just telling me about their defense and where. I would fit in their defense. I'm going to try to come back and visit them another weekend. I was going to schedule something this weekend, but the plans didn't work out."

Besides Louisville, Mississippi State and Arkansas have also extended Buchanan offers. "I haven't visited any of the schools that have offered me yet, but probably late spring or summer I'll be able to visit these schools," Buchanan said. "Mississippi State told me if I come to their school I could get some early playing time, but Arkansas and Louisville are standing out the most to me this far."

Arkansas, Mississippi State and Louisville have offered Buchanan as a cornerback. Though he missed the first half of his junior season with an injury, Buchanan finished the season strong, recording an interception in his first game back.

"That was probably the highlight of my season," said Buchanan. "I'm pretty physical. People say that I jam pretty good on the line and I'm pretty good in man coverage."

Buchanan, who will attend a few camps this summer to raise his stock, plans to make his college decision this summer.

"I want to commit during the summer," said Buchanan. "I'll visit a couple schools and see if any more opportunities open up and decide early what I want to do. I'm going to go to camp at Georgia, Florida and Miami."

"Academics are going to be a very important factor," Buchanan added. "Another factor is going to be playing time and how soon I could get on the field, and the conference competition."


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