February 16, 2007

Ford working hard to get on the field early

Every year after signing day, we take one last look at the Cougars' recent additions. We ask them a series of questions about their football attributes and their hobbies and personality away from the playing surface.

We start out our series of signee Q&A's this time around with Deon Ford.

The 6-foot-0, 195-pound receiver from Fontana (Calif.) Rancho Cucamonga earned second-team all-league honors as a senior despite missing a good portion of the season due to injury. He hauled in 30 receptions for 510 yards and five touchdowns.

I know I have asked you this before, but what was it that really made Washington State stand out in your recruiting process?
Deon Ford: "Everything was solid on my trip. Everybody treated me nice. The atmosphere and players really stood out to me."

If you didn't end up signing with the Cougars, where do you think you would have signed?
"I probably would have gone to Arizona State or UNLV"

What is your favorite part or aspect of Pullman?
"Pullman is basically Washington State. So you don't have to go anywhere. You can basically be involved with people that have the same interests as you because everybody is in college."

What impresses you most about head coach Bill Doba?
"He has a great personality. He is a great guy. He can relate to anyone. He is just a great person."

What specific workouts or training will you do over the next six months?
"I have begun working hard already. I'm in the weight room, running track. I'm trying to get ready. There was an article recently that was talking about the signees from Washington State. We have a few JC transfers coming in that will be playing the same position as me. It stated that I was a redshirt candidate. I just want to let everyone know that I will not be redshirting and I should be getting a lot of playing time. I have been working hard this off-season."

What will you bring to the Washington State football program?
"Heart, desire, I'm ready to win. I'll work hard. I'm also a team player. So I'm anxious to get there… ready to get it rolling."

Who has been the biggest influence in your life as far as football is concerned?
"From day one, my father (Derek Ford). He has always been there for me. He inspired me to do everything I do. My grandmother and my mom have also been a great support system. But my father has been teaching me everything I needed to know to prepare me for football since I was five years old."

How would you describe your personality off the football field?
"I'm a great guy. I'm easy to get along with. I like to have fun like any other high school kid, but when it's time to get down to business, I'm ready."

What are some your other hobbies outside of football?
"Right about now I am just focused on school, working out and trying to get better. I want to go in and have an impact right away. I don't want to go in and redshirt and wait. I'm coming in to make an impact."

What is your favorite kind of food?
"I like steak and shrimp"

Do you have a favorite movie?
"Gridiron Gang"

Do you have a pre-game ritual or tradition?
"I listen to music and just think about what I have been through, because I have been through a lot in my life. I just go out there and risk my neck for the other 10 guys."

Is there a particular artist or song that gets you pumped up before a game?
"I listen to T.I."

What was the best part of the recruiting process?
"I would have to say when Washington State started recruiting me"

What was the worst part of the recruiting process?
"I went through a part of the recruiting process where it seemed like I was never going to get an offer. Then I went through points where schools would get a commitment so my offer wasn't valid anymore. I went through a lot of ups and downs."

Do you have any messages for Washington State fans?
"The Cougs are getting a great player. I'll be there for four years, trying to make a big impact and trying to get us back to a Rose Bowl and a National Championship."

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