Class of 2004: Jamar Buckley

One word to describe Charlotte (NC) Independence Linebacker Jamar Buckley is PRODUCTIVITY. <p> He's put up amazing numbers throughout his high school career and colleges across the south are expressing heavy interest.

"Last season I had 186 tackles and 12 sacks playing Outside Linebacker," Jamar told us. "Colleges are recruiting me as an inside linebacker and they all say how much they like my pursuit and the way I make plays."

Playing alongside the famous Chris Leak at Independence, Buckley is a two-time state champion and feels this year's team has a shot at the title as well.

"I think we can get back. We are young so we need to develop a leader, and I think it will be me. My coach always says that I'm going to have to step up and lead the young guys and that's what I'm going to do so we can win."

This spring Jamar attended the NIKE camp held in Ann Arbor, Michigan. He felt his performance was good.

"I did pretty good. I ran a 4.7 40 and did 22 reps on the bench. I also weighed in around 245 so I think my 40 was good for my size."

Recruiting wise, Buckley has his eyes set on a certain conference with only a few exceptions.

"I like all of the SEC, [NC] State, and [North] Carolina. I grew up following the SEC so I would like to play in that conference if I can, but the in-state schools are good too."

Without a true favorite or written offer, Buckley's just taking his time before making a decision.

"I'd like to decide in December so I can get it over with. I don't want to go into February without a commitment. If I like someone I will commit to them on a visit and I may not even take all five officials."

In regards to the Wolfpack, there are a couple of reasons why they stick out to Jamar.

"State has a strong program and I have family that lives in Raleigh. It's a good schoool and I see that they need some linebackers so I could play early there."

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