"My grandad (Ron) has been with me every step of the way," said Ryan Buchanan. "He started going to my sporting events when I was little and he has been going ever since. He did go to Oklahoma State, and it is a neat place."
Oklahoma State offensive coordinator Todd Monken was through Jackson, Miss., earlier this week. Buchanan said he has an offer from Oklahoma State to go along with offers from Arkansas, Arkansas State, Auburn, Florida, Mississippi, Mississippi State, Southern Miss, and Syracuse.
The 6-4, 200-pound Buchanan plays in an offense that is 60 to 70 percent run the football, but last season he did throw for 1,500 yards with 17 touchdowns and six interceptions.
"I've told Coach Monken that after I'm finished with the semester and with final exams, that I want to go and visit Tennessee and Oklahoma State," said Buchanan with enthusiasm in his voice.
"It is unique and it is in the Big 12 and they have Boone Pickens Stadium. They were number three in the country last season, so it is an awesome and cool place."
Buchanan actually has a complaint, and it is a legitimate one. It is a complaint that I have had for years.
"I was just talking to my Dad about it today," started Buchanan. "I want to check out a lot of schools like Tennessee and Oklahoma State but it gets expensive doing all that traveling and if you are a quarterback. Everybody wants a decision and commitment in the summer. Most quarterbacks commit early to help recruit and they don't take their official visits. It'd be great if you could take those official visits in the summer."
Basketball players and some other athletes have the option of the early signing period in November, and are allowed to take official visits this time of year. Buchanan wondered why football athletes could not. It comes down to an early signing period for football and the idea is long over due for some changes so an early signing period could be in place.
Buchanan added that his father went to Baylor and that his parents lived in Fort Worth before moving to Mississippi, where he was born.
He is excited about recruiting and eager to get on with the process. He also plays basketball and this past season averaged 13 points a game in helping Jackson Prep win its first state championship in 14 years.
"There are about four of us that are 6-4 and we spread out the scoring," he said. "It was definitely a team effort."