Buckingham looks for repeat OSU camp success

IN PREP FOOTBALL circles around the Beaver State, the news Sam Buckingham was transferring from Lake Oswego to Grant set tongues wagging this spring. Buckingham, however, says it's really much ado about nothing. Meanwhile on the recruiting front, things are a bit calmer, although that could change as the calendar turns to June. Grant will be one of the schools at Oregon State's summer youth camp.

Buckingham (5-11.5, 198, 4.6) was a backup last season, so it might seem out of place just how much chatter that developed about his transfer. But when he got his opportunities last season, he seized them.

One paper said Buckingham's arrival at Grant could be a "crucial component to a probable championship-contending team." In the game against Oregon City, Buckingham "flashed big-game potential" according to the newspaper, when the starter, future Beaver Will Darkins, was injured.

For his part, Buckingham says the transfer is a non-story.

"It's been pretty rampant. And it was nothing against coach Coury, I love coach Coury, and they have a great football program at Grant. It just seemed like the best thing to do for me and it was just a family decision. But Lake Oswego and coach Coury are great," said Buckingham.

ALONG WITH THE backup running back role, Buckingham was a versatile cog in the Lake Oswego machinery last season, playing OLB, S, WR, PR, KR, Punter and Kicker. Where he lines up at the next level will probably depend on the school, and the special teams possibilities probably shouldn't be discounted.

"I could punt in college, I think I have a pretty good leg," said Buckingham.

It's on offense, however, that Buckingham made his mark at the Beavs' camp last year.

"Last year at the Oregon State camp as a sophomore I did really well as a slot receiver. Coach Locey was my coach during camp," said Buckingham.

In June, Buckingham will attend the Oregon State camp with his Grant teammates. He also plans on going to camps at Washington, Kentucky, (uncle played for coach Rich Brooks while he was at Oregon State) and Portland State.

JUNIOR TAPE has gone out to a number of schools although some schools want to see more, preferably of the senior vintage.

"I was behind Will Darkins last year so I don't really have a very long tape. I've received a bunch of hand written letters asking for film of the first 2-3 games of this season, schools like Missouri, Kentucky, Arkansas and Washington," said Buckingham.

THIS SPRING, Buckingham has taken unofficial visits to Oregon State and Washington.

He's also hearing regularly from Kentucky, Portland State, Missouri, Arkansas and others.

As a junior, Buckingham had 110 carries for 543 yards and six touchdowns last season.

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