August 11, 2006

Ford reschedules official visit to SDSU

Deon Ford has already picked up two written and two verbal scholarship offers, but he is hungry to earn more. The 6-foot-1, 205-pound athlete from Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., took time out to update his recruitment.

Ford was originally scheduled to take his first official visit to San Diego State on September 22nd. But he changed those plans.

"Actually, now I will be taking my visit to San Diego State on August 31st, later this month," he explained. "They rescheduled it. I am going the weekend they play UTEP, who I also have an offer from."

San Diego State and UTEP have extended written scholarship offers. Oregon State and Washington have verbally offered.

Ford's teammate at Rancho Cucamonga, Vincent Brown has already committed to SDSU. "He lets me know everyday that I should come with him and be an Aztec," Ford said. "I have played with him since we were little. If I went to San Diego State, we would play at three different levels together. That would be amazing but right now I'm kind of focused on a couple of other schools.

"Right now I have very high interest in Arizona State and Cal. Cal just picked up their recruitment on me; they started sending me more letters. ASU hasn't been contacting me too much, I wasn't expecting an early offer but hopefully during the season they will."

Oregon is another program that Ford has been gaining interest in as of late.

Ford will likely take his official visit to UTEP when they play Texas Tech (September 9) or New Mexico State (September 30). "I haven't made a decision yet which weekend I am going there, but I am pretty sure I will be going out there for either of those two games," he stated.

An all-league selection last season, Ford hauled in 24 receptions for 400 yards and five touchdowns. He also recorded 56 tackles, three sacks, one interception and seven pass break ups on defense.

"I am going to be going into the season uncommitted unlike a lot of the other prospects," Ford expressed. "From what I've heard, when you are committed to a school already before your senior year, you play your senior year kind of relaxed. But it's not really a big deal to me because I have always played like I have something to prove to everyone.

"I feel like right now it is really better for me to [be uncommitted] because I can prove to people that I am one of the best receivers in the state and actually receive more scholarship offers."

Because of his size, Ford is being recruited at a number of different positions.

"San Diego State has had arguments between the offensive and defensive coaches about me and who is going to get me if I go there," he said. "I am basically being recruited as an athlete by most schools. I could play linebacker, wide receiver or safety. It doesn't matter to me, I'll play whatever."

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