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Buchanan: Arkansas staff upbeat Friday

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Given that the head coach wasn't around, everything else seemed reasonably normal during Ryan Buchanan's unofficial visit to Arkansas on Friday.
He met with the staff, watched video with the quarterbacks and attended practice.
"They were definitely upbeat," said Buchanan, a three-star quarterback from Jackson Prep (Miss.).
Buchanan's trip to Arkansas has been planned for weeks. But when he arrived in Fayetteville on Thursday night, he was greeted by the stunning news that Razorbacks coach Bobby Petrino had been put on indefinite paid leave after he failed to disclose he was riding with a female employee of the football staff when involved in a motorcycle accident over the weekend.
Friday morning, Buchanan arrived at the school's football offices not knowing what to expect.
"After everything that happened last night, it seemed like nothing happened," Buchanan said. "The energy was the best from the coaches out of the schools and practices I've been to. They didn't miss a beat."
The Razorbacks kept Buchanan, a 6-feet-4, 203-pounder, busy.
"When I got there, I hung out with [offensive coordinator] Paul Petrino for about three hours," Buchanan said. "I watched film with the QBs, and then sat in on the offensive meetings. Then I went to practice. I was extremely impressed with the offense, and the command the QBs have on the field. They looked great in that offense."
To top things off, Buchanan picked up an offer, he said.
"I thought it was huge, honestly," he said. "I wanted to be on the field running the offense in the scrimmage. It was a fun practice."
Buchanan, who also has offers from Auburn, Mississippi, Mississippi State, Southern Miss and Syracuse, said the Razorbacks will receive strong consideration.
"It would be a great school to play for," he said.
However, Buchanan added what happens to Bobby Petrino will be a factor.
"I'll be paying attention to it for sure," Buchanan said.
Keith Niebuhr can be reached at Keithrivals@yahoo.com. You can follow him on Twitter @KeithRIVALS.
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