Scout Rating: ***
Scout Rank: 55
Size: 5-11, 190
Hometown: (Lafayette County HS)
Stats: 4.4 40
Projected position at OM: CB/Husky
Accolades: HIGH SCHOOL: Selected to play in the 2014 Offense-Defense All-American Bowl Listed as a three-star running back by Scout.com. Ranked the 55th-best RB in the nation at his position in the prep ranks … A member of The Clarion-Ledger’s Dandy Dozen … Listed No. 13 on The Clarion-Ledger’s Targeted 22 list … Chosen to play in the Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Game … Accounted for more than 3,600 yards of offense and 49 touchdowns during his prep career, while helping Lafayette to three Class 4A state championship games, including back-to-back state titles as a freshman and sophomore … Named first team Class 4A All-State by the Mississippi Association of Coaches as a senior after rushing for 1,027 yards and 15 TDs and racking up 298 receiving yards with three TDs … Played through ankle and shoulder injuries for much of his senior season … Accounted for 1,448 yards (830 rushing, 398 receiving, 220 kickoff and punt returns) and 16 TDs as a junior … Had more than 700 yards of offense and 12 TDs as a sophomore … Coached in high school by Eric Robertson … Also participated in baseball, basketball and track & field … Was named Division 2-4A Defensive Player of the Year as a centerfielder in baseball … Class 4A champion in the 100 meters (10.76) and 200 meters (21.80) as a junior at the MHSAA state track meet … Sister, Mariah Buford, runs track at Ole Miss … Related to fellow Ole Miss signee Jeremy Liggins and former Alabama defensive back and minor league pitcher Justin Woodall.
Recruiting Competition: D.K. committed so early, and his ties to Ole Miss, being a hometown product, were so strong that there really was no competition for his signature. Certainly, there were other suitors, but they fell off early in the recruiting process when they realized their efforts were a waste of time and resources.
Quotable: “My choice was more than Ole Miss being a hometown school. It was the coaching staff’s loyalty to me and the way things are going there. Coach (Hugh) Freeze is a great coach who is positive and God-fearing. The program is going in the right direction. And I love our class – I think we can make an impact in helping take this program even higher.”
Scouting Report: Buford’s game revolves around speed, but Freeze was sold on him when he watched special teams films from Lafayette County HS and realized D.K.’s toughness to go along with his movement. It is anticipated D.K. will be tried at Husky to give that position more speed/coverage skills.
Coach Hugh Freeze Quote: “D.K. is not only a great kid, but he’s a talented young man who is driven and wants to be the best he can be. Anyone would love his 4.4, or below, speed, but he’s not just a speed guy. He’s got the athletic ability, with some development on this level, to be an excellent college football player beyond his speed. We are going to try him on defense at first, but we are open to putting him wherever it will help the team.”