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BYU football recruiting: Tariq Buchanan becomes eighth commitment of the 2017 class

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The BYU coaching staff is continuing the philosophy of grabbing guys early, as they now have eight commitments for the next recruiting class. Tariq Buchanan, out of Elgin High in Texas is a fast WR who also plays basketball and runs track, and is now the latest to join the BYU football family.

Tariq ran a 22.42 200 meter sprint and the new BYU coaching staff will look to capitalize on that speed on the gridiron. He stands at 6’ 2” and weighs 174 pounds. Looking at his highlights, Buchanan is clearly their big play receiver and his stats show it as he averaged an astounding 25.5 yards/reception as a junior. He started all 11 games as a sophomore and junior. In addition, he returns punts and kicks for his high school team.

There are no other offers currently for Tariq, but a WR at a 5A Texas school who starts for three years shows that there could definitely be some potential. Looking at his film, he does exceptionally well at blowing past corners and safeties in man coverage but is also has the patience to wait for the play to develop when the defense is in zone coverage.

Buchanan’s high school coach, Jim Garfield commented to Jeff Hansen of Rivals that “You guys (BYU) got a good one.” Jim also coached star quarterback for Ohio State, JT Barrett.

At this point, it is wait and see to know how much of a good one BYU got, but it is encouraging that Kalani and his staff has been able to get commitments, including from ones of out state, earlier in the process.

You can check out Tariq aka #Mr.FlyZone’s junior highlights here: