ATLANTA -- Inside the same stadium where his father once played defensive back for the NFL's Atlanta Falcons, Ray Buchanan Jr. made a pick of his own Saturday evening.
A three-star defensive back, Buchanan Jr. committed to Arkansas.
The 5-feet-11, 180-pound Buchanan, a senior at Suwanee (Ga.) Peachtree Ridge, announced his decision at halftime of Game 3 of the Corky Kell Classic at the Georgia Dome - roughly two hours before his team was to open its 2011 season against Marietta Walton.
His father, Ray Buchanan Sr., was there to watch, and to celebrate the decision.
"With Arkansas, I really have a great relationship with the coaches," Buchanan Jr. said. "I really like what Coach [Bobby] Petrino is doing. I think I'll be a great asset."
Buchanan Jr. is rated as the No. 59 prospect in Georgia. He's also the 59th-ranked cornerback nationally. Buchanan's father played 12 NFL seasons, including seven with the Falcons during the prime of his career. After the announcement, both father and son wore Razorbacks hats.
"I'm very happy [with the decision]," the elder Buchanan said. "Arkansas, Ole Miss, Maryland, Illinois and Purdue were all great schools. But I really like Coach Petrino and his system."
Buchanan Jr. has not yet visited Fayetteville, Ark. He will do so Oct. 8, when the Razorbacks face Auburn.
"I'm not planning on taking any other officials," Buchanan Jr. said.