Throwback Thursday: Patriots' Michael Buchanan

Throwback Thursday: Patriots' Michael Buchanan
April 24, 2014, 11:15 am
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Edgy Tim

Today's throwback Thursday? Michael Buchanan was a standout football and basketball player for the Homewood-Flossmoor Vikings. Buchanan is now in his second season with the New England Patriots.

High School measurables: 6'6" | 220 lbs. 

Graduation year: 2009

Position: Defensive End

Rivals.com ranking? Buchanan was ranked by Rivals.com as a four-star recruit. He was also ranked as the 16th best defensive end in the country and the seventh best player in Illinois.

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Buchanan was a prospect with all of the attributes to become a much bigger and stronger player at the next level. He showed his overall athletic skills and abilities on both the football field as well as on the hardwood. He had over 20 scholarship offers and narrowed his list down to Illinois, Vanderbilt and Purdue. Buchanan made official visits to all three schools and signed his Letter of Intent with Illinois. He was a four-year letterman at Illinois, and was named to the Big Ten second-team in his junior and senior seasons. The New England Patriots selected Buchanan in the seventh-round of the 2013 NFL Draft.

EDGY's early impressions of Buchanan? He was one of a handful of Vikings who had been standouts in both football and basketball. Buchanan was a very quick and athletic player who also was able to translate his God-given abilities to either the football field or the basketball court. On the hoof, he  had the look of a kid who could become a big time player with some added weight, size and development. Off the field? Buchanan was a very well spoken, down-to-earth kid who let his play talk for him on the field.

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Bonus Buchanan:

Buchanan ended up playing for Illinois, yet the Fighting Illini were far from a lock leading up to Signing Day. He made official visits to Illinois, Purdue and Vanderbilt and seemed set on those three schools. However, Michigan State along with Notre Dame made a late push for him. Buchanan had a fourth official visit set to Michigan State, and considered Notre Dame before canceling his planned trip to East Lansing. Buchanan eliminated Notre Dame, Vanderbilt and Michigan State in late January, and announced his verbal commitment to Illinois on Feb. 3, 2009 the night before Signing Day.