Cards land first '16 football commitment

The University of Louisville football team picked up its first commitment in the Class of 2016 on Saturday after camp. The Cardinals landed a commitment from camper Baylen Buchanan of Suwanee, Ga., Peachtree Ridge High School.

The University of Louisville football team picked up its first commitment in the Class of 2016 and it's a familiar name.

Baylen Buchanan, who is the son of former U of L All-American Ray Buchanan, attended camp with the Cardinals on Saturday and gave the staff a commitment before leaving campus.

The 5-foot-11, 175-pound Buchanan plays cornerback at Suwanee, Ga., Peachtree Ridge High School. He averaged four tackles a game last season as a sophomore.

"Of course, I've always been a Louisville fan because of my dad," the younger Buchanan said. "Louisville's always been my number one school and was always a place I wanted to play."

On Saturday, Buchanan said he went to U of L's camp hoping to impress the coaches enough to get on their recruiting radar.

And he did that and more.

"We were doing 7-on-7 and coach Petrino came over and greeted me," Baylen said. "I told him I liked the vibe and everything, I liked how people already knew me and talked to me.

"He told me they really wanted to see me play for Louisville and I said, 'I waiting on you all.' He said they were going to offer me at the end of the day. I was pretty excited."

The younger Buchanan said his father has taught him most of the things he knows, but he wants to make a name for himself.

"I don't want to be known as Ray's son," he said. "I want to be known as Baylen Buchanan. I want to do what he did for sure, but be better."

Ray Buchanan helped the Cardinals to the Fiesta Bowl win as a sophomore in 1990, was a preseason 1991 Playboy All-American and that season had a single-season high eight interceptions. He then had four interceptions and 10 pass breakups as a senior.

He was a third round draft pick by the Indianapolis Colts and became one of the top corners in the NFL. He played four years for the Colts and then seven years with the Atlanta Falcons before ending his career with one season at Oakland. He helped the Falcons to the 1999 Super Bowl where they lost to Denver.

Cardinal Authority will have more on the commitment later.


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