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Top 60 Countdown: No. 29, LB Ramon Buchanan

As we continue the countdown of the Top 60 players at UM, we take a look at No. 29: Sophomore LB Ramon Buchanan, who is expected to play in a backup role at linebacker when the fall begins.

Ramon Buchanan > What we heard about him on Signing Day '08: Only two players in the 2008 class were more highly regarded -- defensive tackle Marcus Forston and linebacker Arthur Brown. Buchanan, who made over 100 tackles and had three interceptions his senior year at Melbourne Palm Bay, was tabbed the No. 2 safety in the country by Rivals and No. 3 outside linebacker by ESPN. He picked the Canes over the Gators.

> What he's done as a Cane: Buchanan played nine games, mostly on special teams but saw action in the Duke game at safety. He made six tackles the entire season. He missed the spring game with an injury.

> What Eye On The U expects from him in '09: Although he's another player making a transition to a new position (safety to linebacker), Buchanan is a player who can handle it rather easily because he played linebacker in high school. At 6-1, 205-pounds, he obviously needs to put on weight. But you have to like his intangibles and how he scored on his physical tests. He was tied for the third highest vertical leap on the team (39 inches), his power clean lift (318 pounds) ranked fifth overall, and his 4.48-speed in the 40 was the fastest among linebackers. If he can continue to develop, there is no reason he can't be among the team's top three or four linebackers at season's end and more than just a player in the rotation.