Dan Buckner: '08 WR Drawing Big Time Interest

Allen High School is home to a very special athlete. Dan Buckner could be the best junior wide receiver in the state of Texas. With his combination of height and speed, Buckner dominates opposing secondaries. He has already picked up three offers, and just about every major college football program in the area is showing interest in him.

"You have like the three Texas schools: Texas, Texas A&M, and Texas Tech," Dan Buckner said. "Nebraska, Kansas State, Oklahoma State, Purdue, Iowa, Iowa State, Tennessee, Kansas, Baylor, and OU have all shown interest. I've got a couple of letters from LSU and Miami too."

Buckner has singled out several of these teams as his top schools, but one shines brighter than the rest.

"Notre Dame, obviously. I like them," Buckner said. "Being from Texas I've always wanted to play at Texas. I have always wanted to go to Florida, so I like all three of the Florida schools: Florida State, Miami, and Florida. I also like USC. I like the way they use Dwayne Jarrett in their offense. He has got my body type, and I like the way they use him. Also LSU, I like them because they are close to home."

Notre Dame is Buckner's overall favorite. They have already offered him a scholarship and he loves the atmosphere up in South Bend.

"Right now, I like Notre Dame," Buckner said. "Being a high school kid, I watch all the nationally televised games. You always want to play for one of those schools. Having been up there, I know they have a good school and a great football program. The coaches are really down to earth, and I like that too."

The 6-foot-4, 200 pound Buckner is extremely fast for a guy with his size. He runs the 40-yard dash in 4.47 seconds. In limited time as a sophomore, Bucker caught 22 passes for 400 yards and 3 touchdowns. He talked about his strengths as a football player and what he brings to the field as a wide receiver.

"As a player, I'm the type of guy that you can go to in crunch time," Buckner said. "I have good size so I can shield defenders. I have good speed also. I can do whatever is needed on the field."

Buckner attended two football camps over the summer and talked about his experience.

"I went to the Notre Dame camp and that went pretty good. They have offered me a scholarship," Buckner said. "I also went to Rice with my quarterback (Nathan Dick) just to check things out. I got an offer from them."

The Baylor Bears have also offered Buckner a scholarship. He is a special player and will definitely be catching footballs on the next level for a major college football program.


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