Buchanan Likes Notre Dame

Michael Buchanan was feeling the love when he visited Notre Dame's campus for the first time at a February junior day.

As of right now, the Irish campus is the only one Michael Buchanan has plans to come back to this summer.

"I received a lot of attention from defensive coordinator Corwin Brown and (recruiting coordinator/receivers coach) Rob Ianello," the Flossmoor, Ill., product said. "I got a real good feel for the school, and everything went well when I visited."

The 6-foot-6, 220-pound Buchanan holds scholarship offers from Illinois, Arizona, Minnesota, Purdue and Akron. Besides Notre Dame, the Homewood-Flossmoor defensive end is also hearing from Virginia, Boston College, Kansas State, Colorado, California, Northwestern and Western Michigan.

Ianello paid a visit to Buchanan's school last week.

"I didn't get to talk to him much, but I was hearing good things from him through my coach," Buchanan said.

Buchanan heard plenty of good things when he visited the South Bend campus.

"(Coach Brown) said he saw my film and he pretty much liked what he saw," Buchanan said. This past season, he had 68 tackles and 10 sacks. "He sees me playing sort of a rush linebacker position. He believes I'll be real successful at that if I were to attend Notre Dame.

"Then he was just telling me about the school and how they are academically. He said if I were to attend the school, if I couldn't take it to the next level, Notre Dame has great alumni and it would be a good decision to attend to Notre Dame. That's pretty much what he explained to me.

"(Coach Ianello) pretty much said the same thing. He was talking about the school and was talking about where they see me playing at and things like that.

During the spring, Buchanan also visited the campuses at Illinois and Purdue.

"I'm going to try and make it to Notre Dame for another visit, and get a better feel for the place," Buchanan said. "Nothing else is planned right now. I'm going to try and visit the schools that offered me a scholarship."

Buchanan has a GPA of 3.1. He reported a bench press of 285 pounds, and a squat of 485 pounds. His play this past fall helped Homewood-Flossmoor go 8-5 and make the state playoffs, where they upset top-seeded Downers Grove and advanced to the final four.

"Just my athletic ability, my first step, my ability to get down the line of scrimmage," Buchanan said of what colleges like about him. "Also my grades. Schools believe I have good grades for an athlete. And they like my athletic ability, and they say I have a non-stop motor, and that's how I try and play."

Buchanan also played some tight end.

"I pretty much just blocked," he said. I had some good blocks. I had a touchdown catch in the playoffs. Besides that, maybe six or seven catches on the season."

This season, Buchanan said he will move around on defense and also play linebacker.

Buchanan's prep teammates Russell Ellington and Supo Sanni signed with Illinois this past February, making that program extra intriguing.

"It will always be nice, when you're coming in as a freshman, to know guys you played with," Buchanan began. "But I'm going to base my decision on what's best for me, not where my friends went.

"They tell me to make the best decision for me. They tell me the upsides and the downsides to Illinois."

Buchanan sees a lot of upside with Notre Dame.

"It's a very good academic school, and also historically it's a great athletic school. I have a lot of interest in Notre Dame."

Buchanan plans to make his college decision following his senior season.

"I'm just looking for a good location, a good academic school, and a school with a good football program where I think I can develop and make it to the next level."

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