The recruiting blitz has been in full swing for Nebraska football, and it appears that they are not done just yet. The program is interested in defender Solomon Buchanan according to a report from Mike Schaefer. ($)
Buchanan measures in at six-foot-two, 225 pounds. The safety currently plays at Garden City Community College and is a member of the class of 2022. He is not ranked in 247Sports Composite or JUCO rankings, but his offer list is growing.
He currently has offers from the likes of Illinois, Idaho, New Mexico, Penn State, and Southern Miss. 247Sports has Illinois as the front runner for him.
What does he bring athletically?
One of the things that I really like about him when I watch his film is his athletic ability. Buchanan is not the type of safety that is strictly a heavy-hitter and does not have speed. He has that and more. He can come down and make a play with ease, and is also very good in coverage. In that respect, that’s where his athleticism comes in. He uses it to either break up a pass or come down and make a tackle if need be.
Nebraska football has historically loved their athletic, physical safeties. Buchanan certainly fits that mold. We talk all the time about the Blackshirt defense and players that play like the Blackshirts of year’s past. Buchanan, with his physicality and pursuit of the football, does that.
Nebraska football no stranger to JUCO ranks
Nebraska football has been no stranger to the junior college ranks, as Omar Manning and Nadab Joseph are two names that come to mind recently. Joseph has shown potential, while we have yet to fully see what Manning can bring to the table. Hopefully, that can change this year. The point is, Nebraska football is not afraid to dip into that avenue, and I applaud them for it.
I’ll be watching this closely, as Nebraska football certainly has established an identity on the defensive side of the football. Buchanan fits what Nebraska football wants to do defensively. They want their players to be physical, they need their players to be athletic, and they need players who can cover slot receivers. As a safety, he could be responsible for doing all of those things.
As we approach July, Nebraska football is sitting in a good place with their 2022 class. Now, it’s about continuing to add to it and continuing that momentum. If they can do that, then another strong class will come to Lincoln.