Dan Buckner: ‘I really didn't want to leave'

Allen wide receiver Dan Buckner was one of the first prospects in the 2008 class to give a verbal commitment to the University of Texas and he has been rock solid since that day. Buckner was in Austin over the weekend and had a great time. In fact, he didn't want to leave.

"It's just a great environment. If you are going to be somewhere for four or five years, you hope for a great atmosphere, and that is what set Texas apart from some of the other schools that I looked at. To this day, it's still a great environment. I just like being down there. I really didn't want to leave. I was like, ‘God, I have to come back to Allen'. It's just a great place," Dan Buckner told Inside Texas.

Buckner's host over the weekend was former Plano East star Keenan Robinson. The two grew up five minutes away from each other and had a great time catching up.

"Keenan Robinson," Bucker said when asked about his host. "He is a great guy. He is from Plano East. He lives like five minutes away from me. Before he went down there, he was a friend of mine. To be around an old friend was something special. He showed me around and things like that."

Other than Robinson, Buckner spent a lot of time with the members of the 2008 class. He also got to know a number of current Longhorns.

"Pretty much all of the '08 guys, James Kirkendoll and Rashad Bobino," Buckner said when asked about the guys he spent time with. "I talked to Sergio Kindle a little bit. I talked to Earl Thomas. I really saw a lot of people this weekend."

Head coach Mack Brown also sat down with Buckner not only to talk, but to thank him from being so strong in his commitment to the University of Texas.

"He just congratulated me on being so strong. I was one of the first guys to commit and since then I haven't moved at all. He congratulated me on that and told me that I was a man of my word," Buckner said.

"Then we just talked about my future," Buckner added. "He told me that it was all about how hard I work. He said, ‘If you work hard, you will be able to do something special. If you don't, then you won't. The choice is yours'."

Buckner is planning on enrolling at UT for the spring semester. This means that he will be able to go through spring practice with the team, but he knows that just being there won't help him get on the field.

"It definitely helps, but it really comes down to how hard I work," Buckner said about the possibility of going through spring practice leading to early playing time. "There is a chance. There is always an opportunity, so I might as well fight for a spot. If I work hard, then I will be rewarded. If I don't, then I won't. It's all on me right now. That's exactly how anybody should want it. You decide your own destiny."

In January, Buckner will suit up for his last high school football game when he participates in the U.S. Army All-American game.

"It's definitely a big honor to be looked at in the same light as a Reggie Bush or a Vince Young. Those are great players. They both won national championships and now they are making an impact in the NFL," Buckner said.

"As far as going down there, I just want to show everybody that I'm a good player," Buckner added.

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