Baylen Buchanan may be committed to Louisville, but he maintains that his options remain open.
“I love Louisville. As I have told you before, I have a lot of family up there. It’s still one of my top schools, but I am a soft commit,” Buchanan told DawgNation.
One of those schools he is looking at is UGA. Buchanan, who is the son of former NFL All-Pro Ray Buchanan, most recently spoke with Bulldogs assistant Thomas Brown on Wednesday night.
UGA may have some other targets higher on the recruiting board. The Bulldogs are after 5-star athlete Mecole Hardman, Jr. (Bowman, Ga.) and 4-star defensive back Shyheim Carter (Kentwood, La.) to round out its defensive backfield in this year’s recruiting class. The Bulldogs already have commitments from Malek Young (Pompano Beach, Fla.), Tyrique McGhee (Fort Valley, Ga.) and Buchanan’s teammate Chad Clay (Suwanee, Ga).
Brown expressed to Buchanan that he is still being recruited by the staff but may have to wait for a spot to open up.
“They have their guys that they are focusing in on right now,” Buchanan said. “After the season, they are going to see what they need and if they are going to take another corner. He said they do need help in the secondary, so we’ll see.”
So what would happen if UGA comes back around to Buchanan and makes him a priority? Would he break his pledge to Louisville and commit to UGA?
“Only time could tell,” he said. “I have to go up to Georgia some more and get comfortable with the coaches all over again. So I don’t know. We’ll see.”
The 5-foot-11, 188-pounder visited UGA for its Dawg Night prospect camp in July and plans on making it back to campus before solidifying his decision.
Some other schools he is considering include: Oklahoma, Illinois, Nebraska, Georgia Tech and Wisconsin. He took an official visit to Oklahoma in October. He doesn’t know which other schools will receive official visits.
Buchanan is a 3-star prospect and is ranked the state of Georgia’s No. 63 prospect.