Iowa is no stranger to the Warren Central (Ind.) program. The Hawks nabbed a commitment from one…
Buckley Working Even Harder
In a crowded Warren Central backfield this year, Deionte Buckley still rushed for over 1,000 yards, and established himself as one of the state's top juniors. The 5'9, 190-lb Buckley is being recruited by a handful of schools, including Notre Dame, where he just visited this weekend and saw a Fighting Irish win over Utah. "It was a great game," he said. "It was great to see Notre Dame get a win on their senior night. I think I was good luck for going there!" This being his first time on campus, Buckley also got to experience the campus and talk to the coaching staff. "Just the tradition that Notre Dame has is a great thing and the campus is kind of different. It has a lot of brick buildings and it's an old fashioned type campus. I had a great time there. I had a chance to talk to the offensive coordinator and he said he liked what he has seen out of me, but that was it. He had like five minutes to talk to me." This season, Buckley has also seen games at Michigan State, Indiana, Purdue and Ball State. The MSU game was actually against Notre Dame, and one of the more memorable games of the year, with the Spartans pulling out a late victory. "Oh man, that experience was crazy," Buckley explained. "It was kind of like a roller coaster. It was going up and down. The fans were crazy. They saw I had the recruit thing on. It was live. It was an experience to remember." At this point, Buckley does not have any offers, but he believes several schools are close. "Ball State, I think they're to the point where they're about to offer. Wisconsin and Michigan State send so much mail. They want me to come down to a game this weekend, Michigan State does and Wisconsin's been trying to get me down all year." Buckley denies a favorite at the moment, saying he is open to all comers. With his season over, Buckley has more time to concentrate on recruiting, but that does not take the sting off of the Warriors' upset loss in this year's playoffs. Buckley says he and the other returning players learned important lessons they will carry into next year, and it certainly has been a motivating factor for off-season workouts. "It made me so hungry. It made me realize you can't take anything for granted. You can have a great season and that one game or mess-up can end your whole season. It made me the hungriest running back in the nation. We already started lifting and working. It's ridiculous how hard we're working, because we never want to feel like that again. We have these rubber bands made. It says one and done and on the back it says never again. It's motivation. We get to look at that every day and remember." Good luck to Warren Central's first opponent next season.
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