Buchanan Anxious to Check Out Schools

Suwanee (GA) Peachtree Ridge cornerback Baylen Buchanan still considers himself a commit, but the junior is evaluating all the schools aggressively pursuing him, which includes Wisconsin.

On an unofficial to Louisville for one of the school’s high school summer camps last June, Suwanee (GA) Peachtree Ridge cornerback Baylen Buchanan got his first scholarship offer from the Cardinals.

He left the campus committed.

“It just kind of happened,” Buchanan told Scout.com. “It was my first offer. I was just excited because a school finally believed in me after dreaming about it for so long. I didn’t know much about recruiting as I do now.”

Open now to all suitors and planning on taking many visits, the 5-11, 188-pound cornerback has been a hot commodity on the recruiting trail during the spring evaluation period. Buchanan added another excitable offer Monday from Wisconsin running back coach John Settle.

“I talked to Coach Settle last week and he let me know that I had the offer from Wisconsin,” said Buchanan. “It was exciting. I was excited. Wisconsin just has a good football program, and there’s a lot of tradition that does go behind it. I am excited to find out more about it.”

Listening comfort as the most important aspect he’s looking for when picking a school, Buchanan – a three-star prospect ranked the No.44 cornerback in the country by Scout.com – says early playing time is the second most important. That’s another reason Buchanan is interested in Wisconsin considering the Badgers are losing at least five scholarship cornerbacks after this upcoming season.

“I definitely want to play early,” said Buchanan. “It’s just something I want to do to get myself out there. That’s one of the biggest things for me.”

Buchanan finished his junior season with over 30 tackles, a handful of pass breakups and an interception, not bad considering few teams consistently threw the ball in his direction.

“I didn’t get many balls thrown my way,” said Buchanan. “I wish I would have. I just say the quarterbacks were scared.”

Planning to explore his options over the next several months, Buchanan says Illinois, Indiana, Georgia, Georgia Tech, Minnesota, Nebraska and Wisconsin are the schools recruiting him the hardest. He wants to visit the mentioned schools to determine what five campuses he wants to take an official to in the fall.

Despite all the recent attention, Buchanan still labeled himself as a soft commit to the Cardinals.

“Louisville is a good school,” said Buchanan. “I like it. It’s fun. My dad went there so there’s a lot of love coming out of there, but my recruiting is still open … and I’m evaluating every school fairly.”

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