Buchanan To UNC

North Carolina received its fifth football commitment for 2006 in the form of Mocksville (N.C.) Davie County linebacker Logan Buchanan on Monday.

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    "He committed yesterday to Coach [John] Bunting," his father, Buck Buchanan, said from his home on Tuesday morning. "We're very proud of him."

    Buchanan, who attended camp at UNC on Saturday, recorded 119 tackles his junior season, including 17 for a loss, eight sacks and forced two fumbles.

    Later that evening, Bunting extended the official scholarship offer.

    "It's a great school," the elder Buchanan said. "I told Logan after his decision that he could play games and get more offers, but what was going to happen was you were going to want to go to Carolina anyway; so just go ahead and commit. Don't play games with them. You won't find a better school, closer to home.

    "They're a great program."

    Davie Co. coach Doug Illing, who also coached UNC freshman James "Cooter" Arnold said he was quite comfortable with Buchanan's decision.

    "I think it's a great opportunity for him," Illing said. "He's always liked Carolina. The chance to play for Carolina and in the ACC was hard for him to turn down. He jumped on it to solidify his opportunity to do that. He didn't want to wait.

    "He's a great linebacker, who plays very fast. He's a ‘4.6-40' guy and he plays downhill. That's what I think they saw in him right away. They like the way he ran and he can play in any kind of situation – pass or run – because he's a strong, physical linebacker, who can run and play on the edge, too. That makes him a very valuable player."

    Buchanan recorded a 4.69 40-yard dash and measured at 6-0 and 194 pounds at the Scout.com Durham Combine this past spring.

    "Logan really knows how to fly around to the ball with good speed for his size and has great intensity playing the game," said Scout.com expert Miller Safrit.

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