Huskies offer Punahou pair

Despite their best efforts, the Washington coaches were unable to pull in a prospect from the Hawaiian Islands in the 2011 recruiting class. However, with a much larger talent pool this year, the Huskies are being very aggressive and have offered a pair of Punahou (Honolulu) athletes they hope to add to their defense...

DE/TE DeForest Buckner and DE/TE Luke Kaumatule, two 6'7, 235-pounders who bring heat off the edge for the Buff n' Blue and recently were offered by the Dawgs.

"Washington State and Washington have both offered me," Buckner told "Washington State offered me first and then (Washington) offered me just about two weeks ago or close to that.

"I don't know a lot about the (Husky) program, but I know Kimo Makaula goes there and he's from here. He is someone I can talk to a little about playing up there and what it's like there.

"I know they have a good Poly community there, so it's definitely a school I want to get to know better along with the coaches."

Buckner was a standout as a junior this past season, notching over 60 tackles to go along with six sacks for a team that went 6-3 last fall.

"I'm good at getting off the ball and I'm quick," Buckner said. "I have long arms too, so that helps me keep blockers off and I'm getting stronger, so that will help me even more."

Buckner claims a 4.8 forty time as well as a 255-pound bench press, something he hopes to improve upon this offseason.

"I'm working out right now, trying to get stronger," Buckner said. "We're hitting the weights constantly, so it's a focus for me and for all of my teammates because we want our senior seasons to be great and that starts with the work we put in during this part of the year."

In addition to his two offers, Buckner said he is hearing from several other schools he hopes will get in the mix soon.

"Right now, Oregon is sending me stuff almost every day," Buckner said. "LSU has been recruiting me a little bit and Colorado and California both are sending me a lot of stuff.

"I'm not going to make an early decision. I want to take some visits and then I will decide after my senior season is up."

**Buckner also confirmed that Kaumatule was also offered and hopes to speak to him in the very near future.

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