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Bobby Buchanan to visit Louisville

When we last heard from cornerback Bobby Buchanan he had made a verbal commitment to Illinois. On Tuesday evening, the younger brother of former Cardinal great Ray Buchanan, informed Inside theVille that he'll be making an official visit to Louisville. <P> <B>EXTRA:</B> <a href="http://louisville.theinsiders.com/2/194684.html">Official visits taking shape</a><img src="http://media.theinsiders.com/media/site_logo/premium.gif">

When we last spoke with Bobby Buchanan in June, he told ITV that he was going to stay in-state and play for Illinois. However, as is the case many times, athletes continue to explore all their options and reconsider all the different opportunities that exist for them.

Buchanan appears to be doing just that. "I'll be making an official visit to Louisville on December 12th," said Buchanan. "I'm visiting Illinois the weekend before and also might take visits to Iowa and Indiana."

The on the field performance by the 1-8 Illini and the #25-ranked Cardinals is also playing a role in his decision to continue looking his options.

"My dad wants me to keep my options open because of how [Illinois] has been playing," explained the 6'0, 180-pound cornerback.

The opportunity to play as a freshman is also enticing. "[Louisville assistant] Coach [Reggie] Johnson told me that I could come in and play right away," said Buchanan, who told ITV that he last spoke with Coach Johnson late last week.

With the high school playoffs about to begin, Buchanan has helped Joliet Catholic Academy to an 8-1 record. He has recorded six interceptions on the season and was recently named to the East Suburban Catholic All-Conference team.

Bobby's older brother Ray, who now stars with the Atlanta Falcons, helped guide the Cardinals to a 34-7 win over Alabama in the 1991 Fiesta Bowl, one of the highest moments in Cardinal football history. Could Bobby be apart of the next chapter of Cardinal football history as the program moves on to the Big East Conference to challenge for greater heights? If so, I'm sure Ray wouldn't mind seeing his younger brother wearing the #34 jersey in Red and Black just as he did.


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