The state of Ohio is no stranger to football success, at many different levels of the sport. The support the state's general population gives from the NFL ranks all the down to Pee-wee Football is unquestionable. Even the Cleveland Browns and Cincinati Bengals bring great passionate, faithful fans, even when the team's success seems bleak. The setting for Ohio high school football could be compared to great iconic films, such as, "Varsity Blues", or "Friday Night Lights". Ohio football is rich in tradition, and fan bases travel in very large numbers, even on away games. One of the state of Ohio's under-the-radar prospects in Class of 2013 is Running Back, Emerson Buckland.
Emerson attends Medina high school in Medina, Ohio, and stands 6'0", 210 lbs. He excels at running back, and plays linebacker, as well as special teams. Medina is a city in Northern Ohio, which holds a population of just over 25,000 residents. At Medina, Emerson Buckland has a career of 268 rushing attempts, for nearly 1900 yards, and 17 TD's. He is a sleeper prospect to colleges probably because his teams record was only 4-6, but Medina High is one to keep an eye on for the 2012 season. Emerson has no current college scholarship offers, but the recruit has a 3.6 GPA, and would like to pursue medicine as a possible major at a college or university. The Medina Bees football team plays in the Division I classification, which is the highest high school level a team can play in the state of Ohio. Basically, any school with 494 students or more enrolled, they are placed in Division I (For Football Only). This may sound like a stretch, but most of Ohio's towns are very rural, and spread out. This process also evens out each of the six division classes the OHSAA (Ohio High School Athletic Association) represents.
We had a Q & A with star running back Emerson Buckland about various goals, and information with the soon to be senior at Medina:
- What's your Best skill?
"Reading the field for holes and reacting to plays quickly."
- Your best sports moment?
"Being selected for the Inaugural Youth All American Bowl in Texas, US Army Junior Combine in Texas, Invited to USA Football Tryouts and made the second round of USA Football tryouts in Texas."
- Favorite College Football Team?
- Goals for senior season/future?
"Work hard to have a successful season, make playoffs, win state championship, get a scholarship, play college football."
- Runningback people compare you to?
What's your Running style?
"Power, North and South, Off tackle."
Schools speaking with you?
"University of Penn, University of Mass, Bucknell, Marshall, Toledo, Colby, Hope, Boston College, Yale, Princeton, and Cincinnati,"
What would you like to improve on this season?
"Running through the holes, blocking, getting lower when I run."
What's it like being a star running back?
"It's awesome. Everyone knows you're the star of the school. Being able to attend so many football events all around the country because of my athletic ability is so great. Being the one that everyone counts on to score is awesome. I absolutely love being that star running back that can make a crowd go nuts with a long run for a score."
Emerson Buckland also made our 150 Recruits to watch, Class of 2013, see the complete list of prospects. If any programs or coaches are interested in Emerson,
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