Brawley Union High School may be far away from the highly populated areas in Southern California, but Donavin Buck can play and college coaches have taken notice. The 2014 outside linebacker has offers from San Diego State, Arizona, Washington State, Oregon State and Rutgers.
He recently visited San Diego State for the spring game and came away very impressed. "It was good hard hitting football, everybody was flying around, getting a tackle. Nobody was laying back," Buck said.
His interest for SDSU has peaked for many reasons, "It's close to home and has a good football atmosphere. Attendance has been picking up, and maybe I could get early playing time by proving myself." Buck is confident with how he would fit in the Aztec's 3-3-5 defense. "I'd be more of a blitzer, a hybrid linebacker and play some coverage," he said.
Buck told me that his strongest attribute is his ability to rush off the corner, shed blockers and get to the quarterback. Like every prospect though there is always room for improvement, "My footwork in pass coverage and reading the offense," Buck said. "You don't see high tech offenses in high school."
Last year the Brawley Wildcats lost in the city semi-finals to eventual state champion Madison, 35-18. They finished the season 10-2, but Donavin has bigger plans for this next season. "Win league, go undefeated, get to Qualcomm and make a run at state. I need to be a leader out there and go hard on every play," Buck set as the goals for next season.
When Buck does pick a school, playing time and exposure are what will seal the deal. But don't expect him to pick a school in the near future, "Probably after senior year. I need to focus on my team right now; it would be selfish for me to concentrate on myself."
Buck Keeping His Options Open
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