Buckley Down To Two; Will Visit NU

Northwestern has returned to its familiar territory in Texas, and is making a push for Forney (TX) High School defensive back Stephen Buckley. Now with an offer in hand, Buckley will visit Northwestern this weekend, before making a decision.

Stephen Buckley will make the trip from the Dallas-area to Evanston this weekend, and has no idea what to expect of the trip. However, that is nothing new.

Just a few weeks ago, Northwestern blindsided Buckley with strong interest, then shortly after, a scholarship offer.

Buckley, a 6-foot-1, 175-pound defensive back, has never visited Northwestern, and is unsure what to anticipate from his visit.

"I'm just going to expect the unexpected," Buckley said. "Everything has taken me by surprise. I'm just going to stay on my toes and take whatever comes."

In early January, Buckley received a visit from Northwestern's Matt MacPherson, who showed strong interest. Last week, NU's Marty Long visited Forney High School, and extended an offer to Stephen.

During Long's visit, he discussed what Northwestern has to offer, and presented detailed statistics to Buckley and his family.

Buckley was thrilled to receive the offer, and has a great respect for Northwestern's coaches.

"They're very professional business men," said Buckley. "They mean well, they represent the school well, and I can tell they mean what they say."

Throughout his recruitment, Buckley has picked up offers from a number of schools, but has cut the list to two schools—Northwestern and Washington State.

For Buckley, a number of different factors stand out when thinking of Northwestern. Among those, he likes the idea of playing in the Big Ten.

"The competition they get to play—they get to play Nebraska and Ohio State," said Buckley.

When Buckley visits Northwestern, he will be looking for one simple thing.

"Just, am I comfortable in the atmosphere," he said. "Do I feel comfortable in the atmosphere?"

Buckley will return to Texas on Sunday, and then has a decision to make. Will he become a Wildcat or Cougar? He will make that decision on Monday at the earliest, or Wednesday—National Signing Day—at the latest.

"It's going to be a really tough decision," said Buckley. "It already is."

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