Buckner sets announcement date

Honolulu (Hawaii) Punahou defensive end Deforest Buckner has been on the verge of making his college choice for two weeks now but has decided to push his announcement date back to Jan. 3 for the Marines All-American game.

Buckner has had the same top three schools on his list since the summer -- Oregon, Cal and UCLA.

He visited Oregon earlier this month and then was expected to trip to Cal the following week but it was canceled. He also set up a visit with UCLA (Jan. 13) but said he will no longer be taking that visit, which doesn’t leave room for much suspense on who he’ll choose.

“I canceled all my January visits,” Buckner said. “Oregon was a great visit, and I really felt comfortable there. In my heart, I know where I want to go, and I feel good about it but I thought it would be fun for my family and friends for me to do it at the All-American game.

“Just being in this game is a big deal and it means a lot to my family and our community. So this will make it more special for everyone involved, and I’ll be able to thank everyone who has played such a big role in helping me get to this point.”

Buckner was a standout at The Opening last summer and has a very nice upside to him, according to the ESPN scouts.