Buchanan Bulks Up

He may not come with the same fanfare as some of North Carolina's other 2006 signees, but Logan Buchanan is preparing as if he'll make a difference for the Tar Heels as early as this fall. He's expecting to start out his collegiate career as a weakside linebacker.

"Coach [Tommy] Thigpen talks to Coach [Doug] Illing every week and tells him I need to be ready because I'm probably going to be playing a pretty good amount," Buchanan said on Wednesday. "I've just been trying to keep working hard so I'll be ready.

"I think my first couple of years I'll probably being playing weakside linebacker, but then after a couple of years or sooner, they'll probably move me to middle. But freshman year, I'll be an outside linebacker mostly."

The 6-1 ½ Buchanan from Mocksville (N.C.) Davie County says he's increased his weight by about 15 pounds since the end of the last football season – up to about 220.

"I've been hitting the weights real hard trying to gain some weight," Buchanan said. "They've got me on a running plan. I run four or five times a week doing long running and sprints to get in shape before I get down there this summer."

Last year, Buchanan helped lead Davie County (11-3) to the third round of the 4-AA state playoffs, and was named to the North Carolina Associated Press All-State team. A three-year starter and two-time all-conference selection, he was also voted 2005 Conference Defensive Player of the Year, after registering 161 tackles, 24 tackles for losses, 11 sacks, three forced fumbles and two recovered fumbles.

As a junior, Buchanan led the powerful War Eagles' squad to a 14-1 record and the 4-A state semifinals, tallying 125 tackles, including 15 tackles for losses, eight sacks and three forced fumbles.

"He's a great linebacker, who plays very fast," said Illing, Davie County's head coach. "That's what I think the [UNC staff] 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."

Buchanan graduates Friday night and then plans to move to Chapel Hill on June 19, where he'll join former Davie County products and current UNC players David Wooldridge and Cooter Arnold.

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