November 24, 2008

Spartans looking at Chicago area DE

Michigan State is looking to add a high-level pass rush defensive end to the class of 2009. Head Coach Mark Dantonio and his staff are evaluating numerous prospects from all over the country, but it might be one that is right in Big Ten Country that may get the scholarship offer. has details on the recruitment of 6-foot-6, 220-pound Michael Buchanan of Homewood Flossmoor High School in Illinois.

Buchanan is considered one of the top un-committed players in the Midwest for the class of 2010. He is rated the #15 weak-side defensive end in the nation by and the #13 player in Illinois. His offer list includes schools from the Big Ten, Big 12, SEC and ACC.

Buchanan just finished up a senior season in which he totaled over 100 tackles and 15 TFL's from his linebacker spot. For his efforts he was named All-Conference and All-League. The All-State team has not been released as of yet.

Buchan has had a busy last few weeks. Three weeks ago he took his first official visit to Vanderbilt. He followed that up with a visit to Illinois and this past weekend he was at Purdue. We asked him about the visits.

"They have all gone well," he said. "I had a good time at Purdue this weekend."

With three visits in the book, Buchanan is looking to finalize his last two visits and then he will make a decision after that.

"I will probably take all of my visits and then male my decision after that he said. Cal, Nebraska and Michigan ate are the three schools I am still looking at. Michigan State has not offered me yet, but I have spoken with them."

An offer and an invitation to officially visit Michigan State could be forthcoming. The Spartan staff is actually on the road this week and the staff will be setting up official visit s for the first few weeks of December. Buchan's primary recruiter from Michigan State is Coach Dan Roushar.

The defensive end position is one of the most critical needs left for the Michigan State class of 2008. As of right now the Spartans only have one defensive end commitment, Dan France, and at 6-foot-6, 275-pounds, he could end up in the interior.

Buchanan is more of an edge-style pass rusher that the Spartans have not signed for this class as of yet. The graduation of Brandon Long and the fact that Trevor Anderson will be a senior makes the position a top priority. Coach Dantonio is looking for someone who has a skill set similar to former Spartan LB/DE Julian Peterson. Peterson excelled at Michigan State as a pass rusher and Dantonio was heavily involved in his recruitment.

Another positive aspect in Buchanan recruitment is the fact that he is a solid student who understands about taking care of business in the classroom as well as on the football filed. That aspect is surely something that is not going unnoticed but college coaches.

In addition to football, Buchanan is also a fine basketball player. He has been practice with his team since the end of his football season and will open up his season this week. Buchanan plays power forward for Homewood-Flossmoor and will be an important part of the team's success this season. will be sure to follow-up with Buchanan after the Thanksgiving Holiday. It is very likely that Buchan will have his official visits wrapped up in the next few weeks and could make one program very happy hading into the new year.

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