Buchanan impressed on first trip to Florida


Making a great first impression is important in all aspects of life.

It’s especially crucial for college coaches recruiting their top target at quarterback.

Judging by what Ryan Buchanan said Sunday, Florida coach Will Muschamp and new offensive coordinator Brent Pease passed that test with flying colors.

The three-star prospect from Jackson (Miss.) Prep made his first visit to UF this past weekend with his parents, brother and close friend.

“I loved it,” Buchanan said. “It was impressive from start to finish. I got to know coach Muschamp and coach Pease real well. We sat and talked for about four hours. Coach Muschamp was with me pretty much the whole time, which showed how much he wants me. Most places I’ve been to, you only see the head coach once or twice the whole time. I just loved the way he set it up professionally and everything about the city of Gainesville, too.”

Of all the things Buchanan did during his two-day trip, including tours of the athletic facilities, academic center and campus, seeing Ben Hill Griffin Stadium was the highlight of his visit.

“The coolest thing was walking out of the locker room into The Swamp, which was incredible for the first time to see it,” Buchanan said. “We were the only people in the stadium. I can’t even imagine what it’s like sold out with over 90,000 people in it. So that was the highlight — imagining myself scoring a touchdown and looking up to see the stands right on top of me in the end zone. It’s definitely an impressive stadium because of how close the fans are to the field. It’s cool to imagine I could play there.”

While The Swamp served as the “coolest” experience of his visit, sitting down with Pease was his favorite — and most helpful — part.

“Probably my favorite part of the visit,” he said, “was talking with coach Pease about his offense and watching what he did with Kellen Moore at Boise State last year. He’s an innovative guy and he runs a system similar to my high school. So he knows I’m going to be able prepare for every game. I’m smart enough to run his offense and that’s the thing he likes about me. He also likes that I’m an athletic quarterback from a physical standpoint and I can escape pressure.”

The 6-foot-3, 210-pounder can also escape the pressure to commit, which he felt throughout his visit to Florida.

“The thought of committing probably crossed my mind three times,” Buchanan revealed. “The coaches didn’t push me, but I definitely felt some pressure because I know I’m the guy they want. That’s why Florida is in my top three schools and may be the one I pick in the end. I’m trying to make the decision as fast as possible. I’m going to talk to my coach about it and figure things out in the next two or three weeks, maybe sooner.”

The other finalists for Buchanan are Ole Miss and Tennessee, but most in the recruiting world believe he is down to the Gators and the Rebels. Buchanan, who says distance isn’t a factor for him, plans to visit Ole Miss this Friday.

“I’ve got to be as open minded as possible going into it and leaving,” Buchanan said of upcoming trip to Oxford. “Every school, once you leave, feels like that’s the school for you. So I have to take time after each visit to let things soak in. I know what I liked about Florida and what they have that Ole Miss doesn’t, and I know what Ole Miss has that Florida doesn’t. So I’m going to compare them and stay as open minded as possible.”

When Buchanan does make up his mind, there are two factors that will influence his decision the most.

“One of the top things is knowing that it’s the place for me and I want to wake up every morning and represent that university,” Buchanan said. “All the schools I’ve looked at have great offenses, but as a quarterback you want to have players around you so you can be successful. So that means a lot to me as well.”

The Gators also hosted quarterback Tim Boyle (Middletown, Conn./Xavier) this weekend. The three-star prospect did not make a commitment, but he said the visit went well and UF remains his leader. Should the coaches miss on Buchanan, they will turn up the heat on Boyle this summer.

Photos taken from Buchanan’s Facebook


  1. Robert Gillespie, Kenyatta Walker, Cooper Carlisle, Daryl Owens and mostly qb Shane Matthews; I’d say MS has been pretty good to te Gators. I know fla doesn’t recruit my homestate a lot but I’d like to see Buchanan in O&B.

  2. if he wants to go to ole miss and lose.. then so be it.. but if he wants to be on an elite team and win… then FL is your choice.. we may not be back in 2012 but after that FL will be top 10 team every year.. Muschamp is doing a good job and is recruiting really well.

  3. Scooter – I think it’s a plus. Tenn is way better at wr now but prob not by the time RB is an upperclassman. Fullwood gave him a shout out so maybe he’s liking the weapons he will team up with.

    Gatorstrong – as far as women goes: 1 Uga 2 om 3 fla

  4. Kyle,
    Ah, Noooo! You are not going to get me in a woman rating thing! I love all LADYS! I only thought, that maybe there was POSSIBLY A PARTICULAR LADY that he fancies! Maybe it’s just home. Other than that, I can’t think of any other possible reasson to put Old Miss ahead of the GATORS! It’s So Great To Be A Florida Gator!!!!! 🙂

  5. Every fan truly believes their school is the GREATEST. Its Great to be a (fill in the blank). Actually, R/B looks like a very good prospect. I hope UF gets him but ‘need’ at Ole Miss and being close to home may carry the day for the Rebels. Sadly, (and I put the responsibily on UM and to a lesser extent J. Foley) the Gators are presently and ‘after-thought’ in the SEC-East. (USC, Georgia and then the Gators). Time, good recruiting and W/M proving that he deserves to be an SEC head coach will change this. But, it is going to take another year or two (and some good luck).

  6. What Ole Miss has: Proximity, probably earlier playing time
    What Florida has: Academics, atmosphere/environment, better facilities/coaches/supporting cast … the one thing that worries me is if RB gets the feeling that he’s not as wanted at UF, as Pease went after Thomas/Bateman/Olsen first.

  7. VirginaGator: You have pointed out and are correct on something some writers to this site do not seem to grasp. When there is a position of ‘need’, say QB,the coaching staff gets together and (1) lists those players whom they are going to recruit, then (2) prioritize the list, who’s #1, who’s #2, etc. and (3) they go after all the kids listed but in the order they established. That is the ‘kicker’ for UF. It is a fact that offers were made to 4-5 guys who decided to go elsewhere. RB knows that he is #6 or #7 and so does everyone else at this point.

  8. EMK, Perhaps so. But it was stated on a Gatorsports article months ago that if UF offers you a scholarship it means they “want” you on their team. This guys was offered a scholly even before the other guys commited elsewhere. He may not have been #1 on their board but they obviouslly wanted him to be a Gator. By the tone of this article he was feeling the love. Let’s not turn this into a negative. Hope he or the guy from Xavier commit quickly. Sounds like the first one willing to commit will be the one we end of taking. The other will have made his decision…by delaying his decision.

  9. Sean: I do not disagree with what you wrote. In fact from what I have seen and read the kid from Mississippi appears to have some real potential. My comment was directed to how the recruit may perceive the situation and what he might be told by others trying to recruit him.

  10. I would tell him we offered him a scholly a while back because we knew he had what it took to be a Gator, but that we never put all of our eggs in one basket, and if you come to UF you will compete against other great players, nothing gets handed to you.

  11. I totally agree with Lizardgrad89, I think most kids realise that there are other athletes at there position that are as good or better than they are and the school is looking for the very best athlete at that position, and sure they are not always going to get the best so now you are the next best option. You CAN go out and prove their evaluation was wrong and become the best at your position among all of the guys that were rated above you. Remember this kid is a (and I don’t want to use the rating system but it helps my point) 3 star athlete, so he knows others were more desirable than himself.

  12. EMK, I agree others could try that tactic in a negative recruiting campaign. But those other QB’s were high on EVERYONE’S board. If they were taken off it’s only because they knew they had no shot at landing them. As long as we had a shot we had to pursue. We’ve offered multiple people in multiple positions (i.e. most think we will take 4 WR’s this year BUT we’ve extended 10 or more offers). I think Buchanan is smart enough to know this. At least I hope he is. However, I’m sure some coaches will try to persuade him with that nonsense. At the end of the day we want to best players at each position. But Spurrier proved that you can win big with good players who REALLY WANT to be Gators.

    I think Muschamp learned after getting burned at a couple positions last year. Offer the ones that are good enough to compete at your institution. Take the ones who pledge first to become Gators until that position of need is met. Then move on. I’ll take a 3 or 4* who can’t wait to suit up for the orange and blue over a high maintenance , me first mentality 5* any day. Given enough time just imagine what Pease will be able to do with the offensive talent he has and will get? The future is bright at UF. Like I said before, Buchanan better get on the train before it leaves the station and his position is filled.

  13. This is the guy we wanted from the start. As for his statements, he said all the right stuff, with the nod to OM completely understandable when you imagine the pressure he is likely under back home–where they haven’t had a winner at their Flagship program since the LAST hot young QB chose Mississippi.
    …And to EMK: THIS will be the year we still rely on “luck” if we are to join the few schools who separate themselves from the pack in the SEC–we’ll be in some close games against the best teams on our conference schedule. Starting next year (2013) and beyond, that will be less and less the case. As far as we are concerned, Coach Muschamp has already “proven himself” as a man and coach–it is only now for the results and records ahead to prove it to y’all out there, which is coming.