Inside the Class of '08: Dan Buckner

The seventeenth in a daily series of interviews and photo essays on members of the Longhorn Class of '08: Wide receiver Dan Buckner.

Dan Buckner
Wide receiver
Allen
6-4/206/4.56 National Rank at WR: 9
Overall State Rank: 9
Star Rating: *****

An Inside Texas conversation with Allen head coach Tom Westerberg on Dan Buckner:

Inside Texas: Coach, what do you think it is that made Dan Buckner such a sought after wide receiver prospect in the 2008 class?

Tom Westerberg: I think what made Dan so great were his intangibles. I also think that his ability as a pure receiver combined with his excellent measurables at 6'4" and running a 4.5 helped a lot. He is really good at going up and getting the football.

IT: Was there a certain moment when you knew that Dan was going to be special?

Westerberg: No, I don't think that there was really a certain moment. He's been playing varsity since his sophomore year and he's really been growing every year. I think that he has just put a lot of hard work in and it's paying off for him now.

IT: What did the Texas coaches tell you they really liked about Dan?

Westerberg: Just the fact that Dan had great character. Obviously, his size and ability to go get the football too. He really knows how to use his size to his advantage.

IT: What are Dan's strengths as a wide receiver?

Westerberg: Dan's strengths are his ability to use his body and his size to bring the best out of him. He knows how to shield defenders with his body well.

IT: Does he have any areas where you think he could improve in order to reach his potential at the next level?

Westerberg: Sure, he just needs to continue to grow. I think he'll have to learn a lot of new routes at Texas just because the offense is a little different. Their offense is not a pure spread where as our offense was a four wide receiver pure spread offense. I think if he improves on his route running he should be just fine.

IT: How much weight do you think Dan's frame could ultimately hold given his family background?

Westerberg: I wouldn't really know how much weight he could gain. It all depends on the stuff that they decide to do with him in the weight room. He was 210-215 pounds when he left here.

IT: Was Dan a leader for you? If so, how did he lead?

Westerberg: Dan basically led by his work ethic. He's a vocal guy and the younger kids listen to him because he backs it up with his play.

IT: Dan is obviously charismatic. Describe his personality off the football field?

Westerberg: Dan is really outgoing. He's always joking around with people. He would even spend time in the coaches offices during the off-season just to visit and mess around.

IT: What did Dan mean to your football program at Allen?

Westerberg: He was just an outstanding player. He played a really big part in our offense, however, he was not the only part all of the time. There were a couple of games where he wasn't necessarily the go-to guy because of our four-wide spread offense and we have some other good receivers too. He was OK with all of that.

IT: Have you guys talked since he's been in Austin? If so, how's he adjusting to college life?

Westerberg: Yes, we have talked since he's been there. It is definitely an adjustment just as it is with almost everyone who goes to school. Especially for Dan because he made a pretty quick jump from just being here in December to being there already now. The classes and the workouts are all different now, but I think he's coming around.

IT: Did you guys ever talk about Dan's experience down in San Antonio for the Army All-American game?

Westerberg: Yeah, me and a few of the other coaches went down there and watched the game and talked with him afterwards. He said that he had a blast. He wishes that the West team would've won, but he wasn't that worried about it.

IT: Do you see Dan being able to contribute immediately by being a spring enrollee at Texas?

Westerberg: Yeah, and that was the main reason why he wanted to go down there early and get a head start. I don't really know how they plan on using him in his first year, but that was definitely the goal for him when he went down there early was to try and learn some things and see the field right away.

IT: Is there anyone that you might compare Dan to that you've coached before or seen?

Westerberg: Not really. He's definitely the most talented outside receiver that we've had here. He's just really got the world at his fingertips.

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UT Signing Day Bio: Prep All-American and all-state performer ... started in the 2008 U.S. Army All-America Bowl and tallied three catches for 28 yards, including a nine-yard TD ... rated as the sixth-best wide receiver and 17th overall prospect on ESPN's top 150 national list ... a member of Rivals top 100 national prospects ... tabbed one of the state's Top 10 wide receivers by Dave Campbell's Texas Football ... a first-team member of Dave Campbell's Super Team ... a three-year letterman and starter at wide receiver who helped his team to a 23-3 record over his last two seasons ... posted 2,511 yards on 146 receptions (17.2 ypc) and 33 TDs during his career ... a first-team 5A all-state selection by The Associated Press and the Texas Sports Writers Association as a senior ... also named all-district 9-5A and all-area ... helped lead the Allen Eagles to a 10-1 record and a district title for the second straight year by pulling in 53 receptions for 1,012 yards (19.1 ypc) and 17 TDs ... notched a career-high 215 yards on eight catches, including a 53-yard TD, in a 56-49 victory over Berkner ... had 133 yards on eight catches and three TDs in a 35-26 victory over Plano ... garnered first-team all-district 9-5A and all-area honors as a junior ... had 72 catches for 1,154 yards (16.0 ypc) and 13 TDs, while helping his team to the district championship and a 13-2 season ... voted second-team all-district as a sophomore ... recorded 21 receptions for 345 yards (16.4 ypc) and three TDs ... also participated in basketball as a freshman and sophomore ... Born 5/31/90 in Plano, Texas ... moved to Allen at age two ... full name is Dan Jamal Buckner ... worked with children in a special education program ... enjoys playing video games.

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