Good Impressions

Ray Buchanan, Jr., visited Ole Miss Wednesday, and his impressions of the place were highly positive.

"It was real, real great. I was impressed with everything I saw when I was down there," said the Suwanee, Ga., and Peachtree Ridge High School product.

The 5-foot-10, 170-pound Buchanan, Jr., was already somewhat familiar with Ole Miss. But the visit helped solidify several aspects for him.

"I'd heard a lot of good stuff from other people that had seen the campus already and stuff like that," said Buchanan, a three-star recruit by recently offered by Ole Miss. "It was more than what I expected from what people had told me. The campus overall was new, and they're rebuilding the (football) program."

Meeting the coaching staff and head coach was important to him and also left an impression.

"I got to meet all the coaches. I got to meet Coach (Houston) Nutt," said the son of former NFL defensive back Ray Buchanan, Sr., who played 12 seasons in the league. "I was real honored to meet him. He's a real cool guy. He coached Barry Sanders and some other greats in college. I want to be coached by someone who has that experience."

Ray Buchanan, Jr.
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The depth chart for the future as well as an opportunity to play early are keys for him. Buchanan said those are also highly important factors.

"That's one of my top things. I'm looking for a place where I can make an early impact in the football program," he said. "The (Ole Miss) coaches said they're in real need for my position (cornerback)."

The list of schools interested in him is lengthy. Buchanan has it narrowed down to a group from the Southeastern Conference, the Big Ten, and the ACC.

"Ole Miss is definitely in my top group," he said. "I've probably got Arkansas, Ole Miss, Maryland, Illinois, Purdue, and Mississippi State as my top (list) right now, in no order though. I kind of want to play in the SEC. That's always been like a big goal for me, to play in the SEC. But then there are some Big Ten schools that I really have interest in also."

Buchanan said he will likely decide on a college in the next couple of months. He doesn't want to delay so he can give his full attention to his final season of prep football.

"I'd like to (make a decision) pretty early, after I take my summer visits," he said, mentioning he had already visited MSU and plans to visit Arkansas, Illinois and perhaps others. "I want to make a commitment then, or at least early in the football season. I definitely want to get the recruiting process over early so I can focus on my senior year in high school and finish strong."

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