By USA TODAY High School Sports | November 10, 2016 1:52 pm
For many players, selection to the Under Armour All-America Game is validation for the years of hard work and discipline.
It was just that for Camron Buckley, and more.
“It was a dream come true,” Buckley said. “It was overwhelming –it’s an indescribable feeling. It was just crazy.”
Buckley was honored Thursday at his school, Cedar Hill (Texas), as part of the Selection Tour presented by American Family Insurance. The game is scheduled for Jan. 1 in Orlando.
“It’s going to be fun just competing, going up against the best of the best,” he said. “It’s something I look forward to.”
A Texas A&M commit, Buckley hopes to use his time in Orlando to grow with his future teammates — a sentiment held by most honorees.
“I just want to get on the same page with them (other Texas A&M commits),” he said. “We want to get the camaraderie going and just have fun. We can start building that brotherhood more than what we already have.”
But before Buckley will head south to Florida or to College Station, he still has a high school season to finish.
Cedar Hill started the season ranked in the Top 5 in the Super 25, but an early loss to current No. 1 Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas) knocked them from the rankings. The Longhorns later fell to in-state rival DeSoto.
Still, Buckley’s confidence seems anything but shaken with the playoffs starting Saturday.
“My goal is a state championship,” Buckley said. “That’s the main thing. I don’t care how we do it, I just want a state championship.”
But there’s also a bit more to Buckley’s drive: his mother. And while the presentation of the Under Armour jersey was the realization of one dream, Buckley has further aspirations.
“My dream on the football field is to be the best football player I can be,” Buckley said. “I play for my mom, every down, every play it’s for her.”