Dan Buckner, WR, 6'5, 202, 4.5, ALLEN, TEXAS:
College fans need to keep the name Dan Buckner in their notebooks, because he has the ability and size to become one of the elite receivers for the 2008 class. Buckner was a man among boys a year ago catching 76 passes for 1,154 yards and 13 touchdowns. Those totals bettered his sophomore totals of 21 catches for 345 and three touchdowns.
Already, Buckner is regarded as one of the top two junior wide receivers in Texas and back in January he showed off this talents and the Scout.com Network Combine in San Antonio.
"I thought I did pretty well," said Buckner. "I thought I caught a lot of balls, but I got tackled and twisted my ankle and that slowed me down a little bit. I thought I did pretty good going against some of the best competition in the country. When I found out so many good players were there, I thought I did pretty well against them."
Buckner won't be able to make it up for junior day this weekend at OU, but he hopes to attend the next one or make an unofficial visit soon because the Sooners are one of several schools who have offered Buckner so far.
"I have been offered by OU, Texas Tech, Louisville, Texas A&M, Nebraska, Boston College, Notre Dame, Arkansas, Rice and Baylor," said Buckner. "Right now my favorites are Texas, Notre Dame, Florida, Oklahoma and LSU. I don't have a favorite, but those would be my top five."
Buckner was set to come up for the Sooners' junior day in early January before the ice and snow storm hit, and even though he will not make it to the rescheduled junior day he has an early interest in the Sooner.
"I like Oklahoma because location is not a big thing to me, but in this case I do look at location because Oklahoma is even closer to me than Texas is because I am in Dallas," said Buckner. "I know they have been in the limelight a lot and they have put a whole bunch of players in the league. Oklahoma has a great history and tradition of National Championships, All-American's and things like that. So I look at that and then Coach (Bob) Stoops and his staff are great. So that is why Oklahoma is good."
Under Stoops, the Sooners have developed a great wide receiver tradition with All-American Mark Clayton, Brandon Jones, Mark Bradley and Travis Wilson, all of which have earned playing time in the NFL. That doesn't go unnoticed by Buckner, who likes what he sees from OU's offense.
"I think their offense right now is pretty good. Right now they are using somebody who is around my size in Malcolm Kelly," said Buckner. "I think he is a little shorter than me, but they are using him well in the offense. They have had other great receivers come through too. What I do like about Oklahoma is that even when they didn't have a quarterback, they found a way to make it work. So you know the offense somehow is going to make it work no matter what they have to work with. That is a sign of a great team with great prestige when you don't even have a true quarterback and you can come out and win games like that with a receiver who becomes a quarterback. That says something about how great their team is."
Buckner is already into his offseason workouts, but he is also running the 4X100, 4X200 and 110 high hurdles on the track team.
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