Hands down, Buckley is WSU-bound

QUAYSHAWN BUCKLEY has huge hands -- it's one reason people think he might not be done growing. Already 6-4 and 270 pounds, the All-Southern Section CIF lineman out of California verballed to WSU back in October and his official visit this past weekend further solidified in his mind that WSU is the place for him. Indeed, he's pretty adamant about it.

Buckley, out of Ontario, Calif., about 30 minutes out of L.A., said he came back beaming after his official visit to the Palouse this past weekend.

"I'm going to Washington State, I'm signing with Washington State. Write that down," said Buckley.

Buckley said his crimson experience was a 10 from start to finish.

"Everything about it stood out. I liked it a lot...It was about how everybody was there -- everybody there is in love with the Cougars and they'll do anything to support their team. That gets you interested...and that's what excites me, how much they love the school," said Buckley.

BUCKLEY AS A junior was named as a junior was All-Southern Section CIF as an offensive lineman. Before his senior season began, he was named preseason All-Southern Section CIF as a defensive lineman.

The 2008-09 postseason CIF lists were just recently released and Buckley took home CIF defensive line honors. WSU d-line coach Malik Roberson spent some time talking to Buckley this past weekend, he said, and while offensive line may be the most probable, lining up on the d-line doesn't sound to be out of the realm of possibility.

"(Roberson) wants me to play d-tackle but coach Wulff might want me to play offensive lineman. Whatever it takes for the team to do well, I just want to play," said Buckley.

In addition to a strong set of hands, Buckley is also a standout hoops player at Colony High -- athleticism that could prove beneficial on either side of the trenches. As for Buckley, he said he has no preference other than he wants to crack helmets at Washington State.

"Whatever it takes to win, that's what I'll play. I just want to win and go to a bowl game," said Buckley.

BUCKLEY SAID he'll be seeing Paul Wulff again in the near future when the Wazzu head man travels down for an in-home visit.

"He's going to come down and see me next week, to talk with me and my mom," said Buckley.

  • Buckley said he's continued to hear from schools like Oregon State and Idaho since he verballed to Washington State but that his recruitment was over and he was solid to Washington State.

  • Buckley and Cougar defensive back Daniel Simmons, a former Colony teammate and a very close friend of Buckley's, took advantage of the fresh snow that fell this past weekend, Buckley said. "Me and my boy Daniel Simmons, we were playing a little snowball fight...me and him were just going at each other," Buckley chuckled.

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