Buckner Talks About Top Three

Honlulu (Hawaii) Punahou defensive end DeForest Buckner had a huge weekend at "The Opening," and afterward he talked with Scout.com about his top three...


Standing 6'7" and weighing 240lbs, it was hard not to notice Honolulu (Haw.) Punahou defensive end DeForest Buckner. Buckner talked about the experience in Portland.

"It was pretty fun, a great experience," said Buckner. "I was very honored to be out here, one of only two guys chosen from Hawaii. This is a once in a lifetime deal."

"I did better in the 1on1's than I thought, did pretty well," said Buckner. "I like the competition so I can see where I'm at. The guys are bigger here and smarter than in Hawaii, you can match up and see where you are at."

Buckner was one of the quickest lineman off the ball, for a prospect his size, that is rare. Buckner will need to add some weight to his frame to be effective in college. Once he has done that, his ceiling could not be much higher as a prospect.

"Yea, speed is what I use to beat guys," said Buckner. "We are learning a lot this week; we are working on speed to power rushing. Watching film and working on it has helped as well."

Buckner has already decided the three programs that are still in the hunt or his services and that will receive his official visits.

"I narrowed it down to the three that I'll take visits to," said Buckner. "In no particular order… Oregon, UCLA, California."

Buckner talked about what stands out about each of the three programs.

"Oregon, I like how they play fast," said Buckner. "You can be in 2nd string but still get reps, they rotate a lot."

"Cal, I met Coach Tosh and he is a super cool guy and good coach," said Buckner. "I like the academics, that's why I like UCLA too… I can see myself at each of those schools."

Buckner is no rush to make a decision, wanting to focus on his senior year instead.

"I'll take my visits after the season and make a decision close to signing day," said Buckner.


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