Virginia adds third defensive lineman commit in past week in Buchanan

By Jerry Ratcliffe

Photo: MaxPreps

Virginia football has made a run on defensive linemen this final week leading into National Signing Day, having picked up a commitment from Georgia native Mekhi Buchanan.

The 6-foot-5, 225-pound defensive end from Acworth, Ga. (Allatoona H.S.), is the third D-lineman to have committed to Tony Elliott’s program within the last week, joining DJ Jones and Jason Hammond II. He is UVA’s 18th commitment (see complete list below) heading into Wednesday’s signing day ( will have complete coverage of Elliott’s press conference).

Buchanan is a 3-star and appears to be a good pickup. He also held offers from Virginia Tech, Kentucky, Houston, Arizona State, Washington State, Wake Forest, Georgia Tech, Georgia Southern, Georgia State, Indiana and Louisville.

Virginia offered him in late October and he visited UVA on Dec. 9.

He was first-team all-region as a defensive end.