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Florida LB likes in-state schools

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MELBOURNE, Fla.- Palm Bay linebacker/safety prospect Ramon Buchanon has collected multiple scholarship offers and could emerge as one of the top prospects in the Sunshine State for the Class of 2008.
"Florida State, Florida, Miami (Fla.), Auburn and Tennessee have offered," he said. "Georgia and Wake Forest also are looking at me."
Currently, two in-state programs are at the top of the speedy 6-foot, 200-pounder's list.
"Florida and Florida State right now," he said. "I like Florida State's campus and their coaching strategy up there. I've seen Florida's facilities and liked them."
Buchanon got an up-close look at the UF campus by attending the Gators' Friday Night Lights camp last summer.
"It was a good experience," he said.
There are two primary things that Buchanon will be looking for in a college football program.
"Academics and coaching staff are most important," he said.
Buchanon, who has been timed as fast as 4.5 seconds in the 40-yard dash, had 101 tackles and eight sacks during the 2006 season, in which he was named a first-team Class AAA All-State selection. He projects as a linebacker or strong safety in college.
"I want to play linebacker, but a lot of people think I may go as a strong safety or something else like that," he said. "I just like to hit."
Buchanon says he has benefited from his time in the Palm Bay High program under head coach Dan Burke.
"My coaches help me develop and get better every year," he said.
Buchanon will attend the Miami NIKE Camp on April 1. He is a Class of 2008 Rivals250 to watch selection.
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