"It was a little earlier than I would have like to," Buchanan told Inside The Ville on Friday night. "But, I have made my decision and I talked to coach Petrino, Cassity and Johnson and told them that I will join the Louisville Cardinals. It was the toughest decision I have ever made but I felt Louisville was for the best."
In talking with Bobby on Saturday, he explained that there were a couple of factors that made the decision a difficult one, with the hardest moment happening when he informed his long-time girlfriend.
"That was the hardest part about it," explained Buchanan. "We were on the phone until six in the morning talking about. She's at Illinois right now, but she's going to try and transfer to Louisville."
When asked about the positives that helped Louisville eventually land his verbal commitment, Bobby spoke of his confidence in the coaching staff and playing for a national championship.
"I just felt like the coaches were more secure at Louisville," Buchanan explained. "The confidence level is there now, while at Illinois they are about two years away. Louisville is already a prestigious school and they are talking about playing for a national championship and I want to be apart of what the program is going to become."
Buchanan, who had previously committed to Illinois, spoke with the Illini head coach Ron Turner on Friday and informed his decision, then called three coaches at Louisville.
"I called Coach Johnson, Coach Cassity and Coach Petrino," Buchanan said. "They were pretty excited about my decision."
With his decision now made, Bobby has started looking forward to becoming apart of the program and preparing for the 2004 season.
"I'll come up during spring practice and for the spring game, so I can see what the competition will be like," Buchanan said. "I'll also be there on signing day."
And as far as what number he'll be wearing...
"They might have to bring that down," said Buchanan of his brother Ray's number hanging on the facade of Papa John's Cardinal Stadium. "I wouldn't have worn that number at Illinois, but I am at Louisville."