Sanford (Fla.) Seminole four-star interior offensive lineman Max Buchanan announced his top 11 schools on Nov. 25. Auburn, Clemson, Florida, Florida State, LSU, Miami, Ole Miss, Penn State, Pittsburgh, UCF and West Virginia were the programs to make his first cut.
The 6-foot-4, 275-pound recruit is working to get his list down to a smaller number and that is starting to take shape. He has locked in his first two official visits and one is to UCF (May 17-19) and the other is to Clemson (May 31-June 2).
“I was back at UCF on Jan. 26 and I have lost track how many times I have visited,” Buchanan told On3. “The things I love the most about UCF are the connections I have with the coaches and the players and how close it is to my family.”
He has visited Death Valley as many times as he has UCF, but Buchanan has visited Clemson three times. Matt Luke is really recruiting Buchanan and he is ready to get back.
“The atmosphere at Clemson and the community for Clemson is what stands out most about Clemson.”
He is in the process of scheduling official visits to Florida State, Miami and Penn State too. Florida and Ole Miss are two more schools he is considering for official visits. Each will be important as he pushes forward to make a decision.
“These official visits are very important to me and I’ll be looking to see how the players hold themselves to a standard,” Buchanan said.
Buchanan knows what he is looking for in a school
The No. 19 player in Florida shared what he is looking for in a school in an interview with On3 earlier this year.
“It comes down to trust for me,” said Buchanan, the No. 121 overall prospect and No. 4 interior offensive lineman in the 2025 On300. “I want to play for someone who is not going to leave the next year. I want to play for coaches that I trust all around.”
“Communication is important to me. It doesn’t have to be every day, but I am looking for consistency. The environment is something I am looking at closely too. It is not just the football environment, but when walking to class, who I am around in the weight room, how it feels in the stadium and the full environment. I want to play for a staff that is about family and creates that family environment.”