QB Ryan Buchanan enjoys Florida visit

Jackson (Miss.) Prep quarterback Ryan Buchanan visited Gainesville on Friday and came away impressed.

On a scale of 1-10 with 10 being the best, the visit to Florida’s campus received a high mark.

“I would say this was a 9.5 or 10,” Buchanan said. “Me and my family loved it all. We were impressed from start to finish. It just went great.”

Florida has been looking for a top quarterback for this year’s class, so the Gators gave the 6-foot-3, 210-pound Buchanan the red-carpet treatment.

“Coach (Will) Muschamp and coach (Brent) Pease were with me pretty much the whole visit,” Buchanan said. “Most places you go, you only see the head coach once or twice, but not here.

“It showed how much they wanted me.”

The Jackson Prep prospect liked what he saw and heard from Pease, the Gators’ first-year offensive coordinator.

“I was the most impressed by coach Pease,” Buchanan said. “I was with him all day, just talking about the offense and stuff. I really like the offense. It is pretty much the same as my high school offense because we are about 50/50 on run to pass. I think the offense would fit me well.”

Buchanan admitted he thought about pulling the trigger on his verbal commitment a few times while in Gainesville, but did not.

Instead, he will return home to talk with his head coach at Jackson Prep. He still may keep a scheduled visit to Ole Miss and possibly even a few other schools.

“I did think about it,” Buchanan said. “But I want to talk things over and see how feel once I leave Gainesville and make sure I’m not just committing because I’m high off of the visit. We’ll talk about where I feel the most comfortable at and just compare the schools.

“I will probably visit Ole Miss next weekend as that was the plan. I may or may not visit Tennessee and Oklahoma State.”

Buchanan said distance was not a factor in his decision, which he hopes to announce in the next two or three weeks.

Andrew Spivey
Andrew always knew he wanted to be involved with sports in some capacity. He began by coaching high school football for six years before deciding to pursue a career in journalism. While coaching, he was a part of two state semifinal teams in the state of Alabama. Given his past coaching experience, he figured covering recruiting would be a perfect fit. He began his career as an intern for Rivals.com, covering University of Florida football recruiting. After interning with Rivals for six months, he joined the Gator Country family as a recruiting analyst. Andrew enjoys spending his free time on the golf course and watching his beloved Atlanta Braves. Follow him on Twitter at @AndrewSpiveyGC.