A 5'11", 170-pound running back/defensive back prospect, Buckner turned in impressive performances all week at BYU's summer football camp. In fact, his 7-on-7 team played for the championship in the camp 7-on-7 tournament tonight.
Buckner was thrilled at the opportunity to go to school in Provo. "I like the atmosphere," he said. "There are not a lot of bad things going on."
The moral environment is important to Buckner because he does not want distractions as he prepares to serve an LDS mission. Buckner plans on attending a semester of school before entering the Missionary Training Center.
Last season at Ashdown High School in Ashdown, Arkansas, Buckner played both running back and safety as the Panthers posted a 10-2 record. On offense he split time with a senior back and ran for 690 yards and seven touchdowns with a 6-yards-per-carry average. On the defensive side of the ball, Buckner had 55 tackles and 2 interceptions. He also had one kickoff return for a touchdown.
Buckner is also a talented track athlete. He won the 3-A state title in the 400 Meter race with a time of 49.6 seconds. Buckner's track speed carries onto the football field; he ran a 4.40 forty at the University of Arkansas's summer camp.