May 15, 2011

Canton's Buford Adds Two Offers

Central Michigan was the first school to offer Canton (Mich.) cornerback Kevin Buford a scholarship when they did so back in February. Buford has recently added two offers from other Mid-American Conference schools to bring his total number of offers to three. Eastern Michigan offered him in late April and Toledo offered last week.

Buford has interest from several Big Ten schools as well. Indiana, Iowa, Michigan and Michigan State have all shown interest in the Canton native.

Buford does not have a top five right now, but he says that he really likes the three schools that have offered him: CMU, EMU and Toledo.

The Chippewa coaching staff first contacted Buford in early November and even though he has not been on campus yet, he says that he talks to Kort Shankweiler, the CMU Recruiting Coordinator, every two weeks.

"I really like Central. I talk to my recruiting coordinator every couple weeks to keep in contact and see how everything is going. I don't know for sure yet when I'm going to visit, but I'm hoping to get up there sometime in June."

Buford has gone to a few junior days at other schools, including Bowling Green, Michigan State and Toledo.

The Canton Chiefs senior is looking for a well-rounded program, as well as for a place where he will be able to play right away.

"I would have to say I want to go to a school where the coaches care for the players and the players care for the coaches. I also want to go to a place that is good in academics and the coaches push their players to do well in the classroom. After that, I would say I want an opportunity to get on the field. I would like to go somewhere where I can play right away and not somewhere where I would have to sit for two or three years."

Most schools are recruiting him as a defensive back and mainly to play at cornerback, but Buford is open to playing other positions at the next level.

"Most places want me as a defensive back and mostly as cornerback, but I really would want to be recruited as an athlete because I'm so versatile and I can play a couple different positions."

Buford was at the Midwest Elite Camp in Wixom, Mich. yesterday and will be at a 7-on-7 tournament at Eastern Michigan on May 29. As far as the rest of the summer goes, he is still deciding on which camps to go to. One camp that he has already decided to go to is the Nike Football Training Camp at Ohio State this weekend.

"(At OSU), I just to showcase my talents against the top players in the nation, and maybe I could be considered one of the top players in the state and the nation. I really want to see where I compare with those top players in the country."

The Canton native does not have a set timetable as far as making a verbal commitment to a program, but he said that he plans to work hard this summer as he is looking to win a state title next fall.

"I just want to work harder than I did last summer and go out and compete for this upcoming season and help our team get to a state championship. I just want to help my team."

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