Deforest Buckner (Honolulu, Hawaii, Punahou) took his first official visit to Oregon over the weekend, and the Ducks are in a very good spot for the talented rush end.
Buckner, the No. 2 player in Hawaii, has tried several times before to visit Oregon and finally made it out to Eugene.
“It was definitely worth it, I loved it there,” Buckner said. “I loved everything from the incredible facilities to the academic center. It’s not just about football at Oregon, they get incredible support academically, and you have to try to fail out basically. Another highlight was watching the team practice. I love the pace they play at, everything is fast and up tempo.
“The players were great with me, and I felt very comfortable with everyone. They recruit Hawaii pretty good, so I knew some of the players on the team already. The Hawaii boys all stick together, but I didn’t sense any cliques or anything, everyone seemed to get along really well with each other. I also like the defense and how they play. Coach Azz [Jerry Azzinaro] is a good guy and they rotate a lot of fresh bodies in, so you have a chance to get in the rotation if you can handle it.”
Buckner said he didn’t consider committing on the visit but did say Oregon is very high on his list.
“As of right now, I’m still set on taking my other trips,” Buckner said. Coach Azz and Chip Kelly will be coming over for a home visit this Wednesday so my parents can meet them. Then I have my visit to Cal this weekend and January visits with UCLA, Utah and Colorado if I decide to still take them.”