PASCAGOULA, MS (WLOX) -
Terrell Buckley was a member of the 1987 undefeated Pascagoula Panthers football team that captured the State Championship ringing up a 14-0 record.
Buckley went on to become an All-American defensive back with Florida State and played 14 years in the NFL becoming all-pro. In 2002 he won a Super Bowl with the New England Patriots.
He was the Green Bay Packers No. 1 draft pick in 1991, the fifth overall selection in the draft following three seasons at Florida State. He left Tallahassee with 21 interceptions and was an exceptional punt return man.
Buckley is in his second season as the Louisville Cardinals corner-backs coach and he recruits Mississippi. Last week he helped Louisville land three players from the Magnolia State.
Pearl River Community College defensive tackle Drew Bailey inked with the Cardinals. Madison Central quarterback, wide receiver and running back Trey Smith signed his letter of intent with the Cardinals and Pascagoula wide receiver Jaylen Smith stayed true to his commitment and signed on the dotted line with Louisville.
Jaylen ended his Panthers football career with 70 receptions, 20 touchdowns and netted 19.6 yards per catch. He says Buckley was instrumental with him signing with Louisville.
Smith said, "He started recruiting me in early February last year and he stayed on me until I committed and he still kept recruiting me. He still calls me about five times a week so that was big for me."
I've been covering high school football in South Mississippi for 35 years and Terrell Buckley was the most gifted and most exciting player to roam the defensive secondary.
He had a knack of being around the football. Buckley ended his high school career at Pascagoula with 30 interceptions, a Mississippi high school record and was a threat every time he ran back punts. Buckley averaged 30 yards a return and had 7 returns for touchdowns.
Buckley has an outstanding personality and is using his pro career as a recruiting tool to influence high school seniors and JUCO players.