Buckley Starting To Plan Visits

Iowa is no stranger to the Warren Central (Ind.) program. The Hawks nabbed a commitment from one running back there in 2008, and working on another for the 2012 class.

With Iowa losing three running backs this past season, there will be an increased recruiting focus placed on the ball carrier position in the class of 2012.

One early target the Hawkeyes have pegged is Warren Central's (Ind.) Deionte Buckley. The 5-foot-9, 190 pound junior rushed for over a 1000 yards in 2010, doing so as one of two featured backs for the Warriors.

"I'm open to everybody, but I really like the Big Ten and a school that focuses on the run. I want be at a place where I fit in by actually getting the ball as a back," said Buckley. "I have a couple new school recruiting me. Pittsburgh has started, a little bit of Oregon and Alabama. Those are the new guys sending me mail. Basically all the Big Ten schools have sent me letters at least once or twice.

"I have visits planned to Michigan State, Indiana, Iowa, and I think Purdue as well. Ball State and Western Michigan are getting really close to offering me. I'm hearing possibly this next week. Also Indiana is getting close and maybe Purdue. I should be getting very close to my first offer."

Iowa is no stranger to the Warren Central program. In the 2008 recruiting class, Iowa nabbed a running back from the Warriors program.

"I know a former player at my high school Jewell Hampton went there. I heard that he got into some trouble though and is transferring out though," said Buckley. "His decision to leave has no effect on me. None at all.

"Iowa is a great fit for me. They run the ball a lot and Jewell's is the same type of running back as me. It would be a good school for me to go to. It has a lot of what I'm looking for. They recruit me about the same as everyone else. They aren't recruiting me over the top or anything, but they are recruiting me pretty hard."

So what is Buckley looking for in a school?

"First academic wise I want a school that can really help me in study tables and that is hands on with my academics. Some place where I can succeed I the classroom as well. Secondly, I want a school where I feel like at home. I want to feel comfortable. Last but not least, I want a school with a great football tradition."

Josh Harvey started with Scout.com/Foxsports in 2008 and covers recruiting for SMU, Iowa, and Texas. You can also see his work on the Big 12 at FoxCollegeSports.com.
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