D.K. Buford is as polite as he is fast. That's saying a lot considering his speed.
The Class of 2014 running back from Oxford (Miss.) Lafayette gained acclaim by reportedly running a 4.22-second 40-yard dash this year. That's a bit hard to believe unless you're the actual stopwatch timing Buford. Still, he and his coach have maintained it's legit.
"Yes sir, I did," Buford said with a smile when asked if he really ran such a speedy time.
"Yes sir," Buford said when asked again.
No way. Really?
"Yes sir," the junior said.
Whether the 4.22-time holds up to more stringent testing remains to be seen. Nevertheless, Buford has proven fast enough to garner strong college interest.
The much-pubicized 40-time has created plenty of buzz for the ESPN Watch List prospect.
"It's been a great experience blowing up like that," Buford said. "I've just been focusing on playing football and getting my grades before I get to a Division-I school."
Buford has scholarship offers from nearby Ole Miss and Mississippi State and has recently seen strong interest from Wisconsin. The Badgers have some work to do.
"Not right now," Buford said with a chuckle when asked if he could see himself playing that far from home.
The same can't be said for the in-state schools. They have already established themselves for Buford.
"I think Ole Miss, they're pretty good," Buford said. "As far as State, they've been doing an excellent job over there."
Buford has visited Ole Miss and said he will continue to do so. He was planning to visit Starkville this weekend to see the Bulldogs host Tennessee. That's not going to happen.
"I was going to go to State but Mom didn't want to sit out there in the cold weather," he said.
Perhaps it's just the weather. Perhaps there's more to it than that. Buford said most of his family members are Ole Miss fans.
"Most of them are not big fans of State but I do have some that are fans of State," he said of his family.
Buford said he's looking for a great environment, great academics and a "great group to be around" when he inspects prospective colleges. LSU might be able to offer that. Buford said he has long followed the Tigers.
"It's a great environment," Buford said of the game day atmosphere in Baton Rouge. "The fans are just outrageous."
Buford said LSU has shown interest, mostly from letters. An offer could be very significant in his recruitment.
"It would mean a lot. It really would," he said.
Just because Ole Miss and Mississippi State are nearby and the first schools to offer him a scholarship doesn't mean they are guaranteed to land Buford. He's willing to look around.
"I want to go to a college where I can fit in," Buford said. "If it is close to home, I wouldn't mind but, if it's out of state I wouldn't mind too.
Buford could play a number of positions. He said he'd like to stay on offense, perhaps in a dual role, at running back and receiver. However, he said he's willing to play defense if that's where he's the best fit.
Buford is also a strong baseball prospect. He was a standout for Lafayette at several positions, batting nearly .300 as a sophomore last season.
Surely, he'd be a good fit at either sport and at many positions. Speed helps.
That 4.22-time in the 40-yard dash was a shock to many, including Buford.
"I thought I ran like a 4.5 or something," he said.
"Yes sir," he said quickly -- and politely.