Family Ties Could Lead Buchanan to Terps

TSR's Scott Kornberg talks to 2011 prospect Ron Buchanan, cousin of former Terp Vernon Davis.

Maryland Terrapins fans remember former tight end Vernon Davis fondly for his tremendous collegiate career. Now a San Francisco 49er, Davis was a finalist for the Mackey Award, given to the nation's top tight end and was a consensus All-ACC and All-America selection during his three-year tenure in College Park.

The cousin of Davis, Dunbar High School product Ron Buchanan (Class of 2011), is being recruited by Maryland and could be the next family member to don the red, black, and gold of the Terps. Buchanan, who is also being recruited by Virginia Tech and Morgan State, is very impressed with the Terps so far.

“I really like their football program and what they have to offer. I really like the school, period,” said Buchanan. “They have good academics and a good atmosphere. Plus, my cousin Vernon Davis went there. I want to keep the trend going.”

The fact the Buchanan had a family member play for the Terps seems to weigh deeply in Buchanan's thought process for choosing a school. “I know the kind of work my cousin put in to be successful,” said Buchanan. “To know that, and to play for an experienced coach like Ralph Friedgen, that really helps my decision.”

Buchanan is still early in the recruiting process. “I would really like to get to know some of Maryland's coaches. I also plan on visiting the school real soon,” said Buchanan.

For someone still early in the recruiting process, Buchanan has a pretty good idea where he wants to go. He has his decision narrowed down to three schools for now, and Maryland seems to be on top.

“Maryland's slow start did affect my view of their team. Meanwhile, Virginia Tech is having a great season,” Buchanan said. “However, I would still choose Maryland over Virginia Tech because I know I can help them in many, many ways. ”


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