On Monday, June 4, at 2:00p.m., Ryan Buchanan verbally committed to Ole Miss. Out of all of his options, I personally believe it was the best choice for him to get some legitimate play time throughout his career. With a height at 6'3" and weight at 210lbs, he has the ideal body for a quarterback in Division 1 football, but there are some concerns. I would like to preface the next paragraph with this, I have absolutely nothing against Ryan, and I wish him the best during his career at Ole Miss.
While Ryan has the body of a potentially good quarterback, as I said before, there are some concerns. First, he had a mediocre season in 2011 playing quarterback for Jackson Prep, making a few mental mistakes in some key games that arguably cost Prep those games. While this has room for concern, there is also equal room for optimism. I say this for one main reason, while coach Ricky Black has done a great job coaching Ryan, Coach Black has a whole team to look over, coach, and help improve, when Ryan goes to college, he will have a coach or two whose job(s) will be specifically to help Ryan mentally, physically, and in general, get better. A second concern of mine is his habit and readiness to run out of the pocket. In the 2011 season, he tucked the ball and ran a fair amount and took some solid hits in the process, and as we all know quarterbacks aren't known for their ability to take hard hits consistently and continue to perform. Ryan also would readily flee the pocket throughout the season, which is reason enough for concern, in the SEC, there will be some much larger D-linemen and LB's than that of the Mississippi Association of Independent Schools, and much faster too. If Ryan doesn't learn to stay in the pocket and stay calm, it could affect his ability to make game-time decisions in a very poor way.
As I said before, I wish Ryan the best and hope he has a very successful career.