Ford receptive to ASU's recruiting efforts

Raymond Ford, a UCLA commit, is keeping his options open and according to the Gardena (Calif.) Serra cornerback the Sun Devils, who have been pursuing him in earnest for several months now, are certainly one of the schools he plans to further explore this year.

Note this interview was conducted prior to UCLA's 48-12 loss at Arizona on October 20th.

"Arizona State has been recruiting me for a while," said the 5-9 165-pound Raymond Ford. "I know they have a beautiful campus and I like their football team. I've been in contact with Coach Broussard and Coach Burns and I like them. I have two players from my high school that play there: Devan Spann and David Moala.

"I really like talking to Coach Burns and he seems like a very good coach and someone that I can see myself playing for. He's really honest and doesn't hold anything back. I watch ASU every Saturday like their defense because it's very physical and they always fly to the ball. That is the type of style I like to play."

In an interview to Scout.com earlier this month, Ford who committed to the Bruins in late June, declared that he does plan to visit other schools.

"Everything is open right now so I'm going to see what's out there," Ford told Devils Digest. "Arizona State has been recruiting me hard ever since they offered me (ASU was the first school to offer Ford back in mid-February). They were still on me even though I committed to UCLA.

"I know I'm going to (officially) visit Arizona State, just not sure when. I know I'm going to visit Colorado too. I plan to visit UCLA and that will probably be my last visit. Don't know what other two schools I'm going to visit."

Ford added that he anticipates rendering his final decision sometime in January. Ford's teammate, linebacker Thomas Brown, has also been recruited by Arizona State for several months now. The cornerback anticipated both of them visiting Arizona State at the same time, although did stop short of calling both of them a package deal.

The corner has posted 15 tackles for the 4-2 Cavaliers. Although he is small in stature, Scout.com's National Recruiting Analyst Brandon Huffman is impressed with the three-star prospect ranked #42 by Scout.com among the 2012 cornerbacks.

"His coverage awareness, hip flexibility and backpedal quickness is some of the best out West," Huffman said. "He's got great ball skills and hands-he had a number of interceptions this season (in 2010 where he had five interceptions) and routinely drew the opponent's top receiver. Needs to bulk up and improve his jamming ability, but has the anticipating and change of direction desired in a corner."

"I like man coverage a lot," Ford admitted. "That is my strongest skill. But I also feel that I play well in a cover-2. I know I have to get bigger and faster."

As hectic as the recruiting process has been for Ford, the cornerback doesn't regret re-opening his recruitment since he feels that he may have prematurely committed to UCLA.

"When I choose a school I'm going to look at their academics and their football program," Ford commented. "If I don't play professionally I want to make sure that I can get a good degree."


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