Ryan Buchanan has picked up quite a few titles over the summer.
He has been referred to as an up and coming prospect, an Elite 11 QB, an Ole Miss commit, a Dandy Dozen and even a world traveler. But the 6-4, 215-pound Buchanan says he strives for the day when he is referred to as the Ole Miss quarterback.
The Jackson Prep star has just returned home from a mission trip to Guatemala. He passed on the finals of the Elite 11 to join his basketball team on the trip to perform for the locals and put on camps for children.
“It really was an awesome trip,” Buchanan told Rebels247. “It’s amazing what one week away from here and spending it in a place like that can do for your perspective.
“We stayed four days in Guatemala City and played basketball games against some of their semi-pro teams,” Buchanan said. “It really was a lot of fun. We got to play in front of huge crowds and meet with local kids. We put on basketball clinics for the younger kids throughout the week. I really felt like we made an impact on their lives. We were playing ball on a dusty court but it meant the world to them.”
Not long after his plane touched down back in the United States, Buchanan had to lace up his cleats and take the field for his high school’s first football practice.
“It was a big shock to go from high altitudes and 75-degree weather right back into the Mississippi heat for 100-degree two-a-days,” Buchanan said. “I only had a handful of hours of sleep before suiting up for day one of practice, but it was worth it.”
A day before leaving the country, Buchanan received word that he had been named to the 2012 Dandy Dozen team…an honor he says he is proud to share with a couple of other future Rebels.
Buchanan expressed. “I had been talking with Bouldin a lot over the past several weeks and I’m glad to see we got him.”
Recruiter may just be another title thrown into the mix for Ryan Buchanan as he says he has been hard at work talking to prospects about the Ole Miss Rebels.
“I know where I will be next year, so now I do what I can to help get some other recruits to join me,” Buchanan said. “I had been talking with Evan Engram and Bouldin for a good while and I talk to a few others that haven’t committed just yet. I feel like it’s kind of part of my job to help recruit.”
With the summer drawing to a close, Buchanan says his life has become fairly simple.
“With camps, my commitment and the mission trip behind me, my life now has turned into eat, sleep and football,” Buchanan said. “I am 100 percent okay with that.”