Tweener prospect high on Dores after football camp

<b>Peter Buchignani</b> was one of over 300 athletes present for Vanderbilt's recent football camp, and the muscular all-purpose athlete liked what he saw. As it turns out, he has some family ties to the school as well.

At a muscular 6-3, 225, Bloomington, Ill. prospect Peter Buchignani could play a number of positions on the next level. For University High School (aka "U-High") in Normal, he has played tight end and defensive end for Coach Kurt Olson, but with his exceptional speed and blocking ability, some schools envision him as a fullback or linebacker.

"I'm kind of a 'tweener right now," said Buchignani, who traveled to Nashville last weekend to take part in Vanderbilt's All-Positions camp. "I could play either linebacker or D-end. I'm just an athlete. I worked with the tight ends at the camp."

Buchignani was an almost unknown prospect just a few weeks ago, but he is seeing interest in him explode after an outstanding performance at one of the regional camps in the Midwest.

"The recruiting process is just starting for me," Buchignani said. "I did pretty well at the Iowa Nike Camp, and things just kind of started rolling for me. That was only about a month ago.

"Right now I don't have any scholarship offers, but Vanderbilt, Tennessee, Notre Dame, and Illinois are all showing some interest in me."

After spending a full day working with the Vanderbilt coaching staff on June 13, Buchignani is high on the Commodores... and as it turns out, he happens to have some ties to the school.

"I love Vanderbilt. Both my parents went there. It's a great opportunity to get the athletics and the academics in the same package."

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