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His size (6'2" 195lbs), strength (placed 4th in the state in power lifting as a freshman) and athleticism (11.87 in the 100 meters as a junior) stood out at the South Alabama football camp earlier this summer and led to this scholarship offer. While both Georgia Tech and UAB had offered him scholarships as a wide receiver, he felt that defense, and South Alabama, was where he belonged.
"I think South Alabama is Alabama's best secret," he said via text. "It is a great chance to make history by winning the school's first conference championship and bowl game. They have what I want to major in....I can feel the love on campus and especially in the field house. It is also a great chance for me to compete for a starting spot because they are losing three safeties. And it is a good opportunity for me to show the world how good I am because I really feel that I'm a player that people just didn't take the time to notice. It (USA) is a place where I can become great with my teammates."
South Alabama had a head start on other schools since USA offensive coordinator Robert Mathews had been recruiting Buchanan for his old employer, USM. After a season where he had 72 solo tackles, 45 assists, four sacks, three fumbles forced, two recovered, two interceptions, four passes defensed and one field goal blocked, it was an easy decision to keep pursuing him for the Jags.
Welcome to the team, Roman Buchanan.