Posted: 7:23 am Sunday, January 17th, 2010

Amid uncertainty at Miami, Pahokee DB Raheam Buxton will visit other schools 

By Jason Lieser

The University of Miami was the first school to identify Pahokee safety Raheam Buxton as a BCS prospect, doing so before Buxton had ever established any kind of reputation on the field, but Buxton has not heard from the Hurricanes recently.

“I haven’t talked to the coaches in a while,” he said. “I’m still committed, though. I still have an offer.”

Buxton in July, shortly after committing to the Hurricanes. (Brandon Kruse/The Post)

Buxton in July, shortly after committing to the Hurricanes. (Brandon Kruse/The Post)

Buxton also said he is completely academically qualified.

One issue could be the potential changes to Miami’s coaching staff. There have been rumors of several coaches leaving, including Clint Hurtt. Hurtt was the assistant who discovered and recruited Buxton.

Buxton also claims offers from Western Michigan, Kansas, Purdue, Southern Mississippi and Central Michigan.

He said he is visiting Western Michigan this weekend and plans to go to Kansas before national signing day, Feb. 3.

All commitments are non-binding. No player is locked into a school until he signs a national letter of intent.

“I’m pretty much decided to sign with Miami,” Buxton said. “I don’t think I’m going to switch.

“I’m going to take these visits just to enjoy the recruiting thing.”

Seems to be a popular mindset in Pahokee lately. Wide receiver De’Joshua Johnson said essentially the same thing about his commitment to Florida State while planning other visits this month.

In addition to the offers he already has, Buxton said he expects to get offers from Michigan and Marshall. The Wolverines likely would have offered him already if they were serious, but Marshall could be an option.

Buxton (6-1, 180, No. 35 on The Big Board) had 37 tackles, four sacks and three interceptions in his first full season as a starter.