Diamond in the Rough? Zanesville’s Buckley ready for breakout season

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Zanesville Blue Devils

Despite playing last season with two sprained ankles, junior LB Kole
Buckley
led the stingy Zanesville defense with 112 tackles. He also registered 23 TFL and
eight sacks. With his burst back, Buckley’s 2011 season could produce even better results. Wisconsin, Northwestern, Cincinnati and others taking notice…


Despite playing last season with two sprained ankles, junior LB Kole Buckley (6-1, 220) led the stingy Zanesville defense (10 points per game in regular season) with 112 tackles. He also registered 23 TFL and eight sacks.

According to sources, Buckley is one of Ohio’s biggest unkowns and could break out this season now that he’s healthy. His 2010 film shows a player many would argue is a mid-major D-I or I-AA recruit right now. With his burst back, Buckley’s 2011 film could tell an entirely different story.

Ohio State hasn’t shown major interest yet, but the Big Ten has. Northwestern called last week.

Academics is not an issue with Buckley (he’s taking college level classes and will be close to having enough credits to finish his first term before he graduates high school) and neither is desire. Buckley is spending his “off” days focusing on speed development and improved agility. Specifically, Buckley is working out with former Purdue sprinters Christine and Jeff Williams. Both were All-Big Ten performers and Christine still holds the Purdue indoor 60-meter record.
Buckley is the son of former Bowling Green linebacker and current Zanesville assistant Randy Buckley. His uncle played for Army.

Zanesville went 9-2 last year and made the Division II playoffs. The Blue Devils are set up to have another solid season so Buckley is a name we could be hearing deep into November.

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