Raymond Ford Commits On Official Visit

Just a week ago, Boise State lost a longheld verbal commitment as Marnez Ogletree decommitted to pursue other options. Faced with a need for an immediate impact player in the defensive backfield, Boise State looked to Riverside Community College, and a name that is familiar to recruit'niks the 2012 class, Raymond Ford III.

Ray Ford wasn't under the radar by any stretch as a High School Senior. With a laundry list of recruiters a mile long, and offers from over half the Pac12, Ford was as hotly pursued a recruit as almost any on the West Coast. Originally he committed to UCLA, but then a coaching change left him in limbo as UCLA moved from Rick Neuheisel to Jim Mora.

Lacking solid footing with a new UCLA staff that had yet to be identified, Ford then switched his commitment briefly to Cal, before making another change, opting finally for the Palouse and Washington State.

Ford signed with the Cougars and went to Pullman, but during his first semester it was discovered that he was lacking academically and was not cleared by the NCAA Clearing House. The problem was believed to be with a missing core class, and not an issue with his grades, but the result was the same. Ford was ineligible.

He left Washington State and went to go to Riverside Community College. After a redshirt year for the 2012-13 season where he began in Pullman, Ford undertook the 2013-2014 season with vigor. He excelled both on the field and in the classroom and appeared ready to undertake his recruitment again. He signed with the 2014 recruiting class, again with Washington State. But once again was found to be lacking all the requirements for eligibility, this time it was rumored to be a matter of just a few credit hours.

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Undaunted, Ford spent another year at RCC, again distinguishing himself by his play on the field. When the need for an immediate impact cornerback came open late, Boise State acted immediately upon finding Raymond Ford III available.

Ford, as a Senior, was ranked as high as a 4-star recruit and a Top-150 national recruit by some recruiting services. He was considered a Top-20 WR prospect and Top-40 CB prospect respectively, but it has been as a Cornerback that he's played exclusively since leaving HS.

Ford is eligible to transfer immediately, but as the Semester has already started at Boise State, may instead opt to transfer in the Summer. He will join the Broncos with 2 years of eligibility remaining, so he will dress and play immediately.

Riverside CC, Ford's school, has given Boise State two players over the past three years. Ray Ford, and as well the favorite to take over the kicking duties next year, Tyler Rausa, who signed with Boise State in 2013 after one season at RCC.

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