That is the case for standout defensive back Breon Ford from Pepperell High. Known for his quick feet on the football field from the running back position, at 5-10, 169 he knew his future would likely be on defense at the cornerback position because of his size.
That meant he needed to show schools and coaches that he could cover receivers in space. While his coverage skills proved to be adequate for a player who had played only offense for much of his career, his speed wasn't up to par for schools looking for a blanket cover man. Running a 4.56 40-yard dash, Ford left coaches doubting his ability to stay with receivers down the field.
After rushing for more than 1,500 yards, his third straight season over 1,000 yards, while also playing defense, Ford says that he's not hearing from anyone at the moment and is waiting for an offer to play major college football.
"I've only had two schools to offer me and that's West Georgia and Tennessee Tech right now," Ford tells Inside The Auburn Tigers. "I've been talking to Auburn on and off and Middle Tennessee State, but that's about it. That's the only schools that really seem that interested right now."
Earning Co-Offensive Player of the Year for the Rome, Ga., area as well as All-Area and All-State as a kickoff returner after tying the state record with a 100-yard touchdown return earlier in the season, Ford was recognized by the people who saw him play week in and week out. Still he waits for schools to stand up and take notice.
"Right now my biggest concern is getting offers right now and going to a good college where I can get an education."
Tiger Ticket Extra: Ford attends the same school as current Auburn freshman tight end Justin Bruce and former Auburn signee Pedro Holliday, who attended a junior college each of the last two years but is not being recruited by the Tigers again.