Jason Ford Update
Jason Ford is an electric RB with speed that can't be taught. Ford is one of those athletes that coaches love to have on board because speed is where it's at in college football. Sources close to Ford told us that he liked how head Coach Ron Zook took advantage of current Illinois RB Rashard Mendenhall and figures to red-shirt his freshman year and get an opportunity to play the following year.
Ford is from Althoff Catholic HS in Belleville, IL. He's 5-10 with 4.4 speed, and listed here at Scout.com as the nation's 43rd best RB in the Class of 2008.
Scout.com profile on Ford: As a junior, Ford rushed for 1,549 yards and scored 17 touchdowns to earn All-Metro honors. He claims a 39-inch vertical jump.
"I'm strong and have good speed. I make good moves and have great vision. I'm a bit of a punisher when I run, but I also have speed (claims to run a 4.4 forty). I want to improve my pass blocking and lateral moves. That way I'll be able to break tackles better and not put so much pressure on my body."
Currently Illinois has the 15th best recruiting class in the country with 21 verbal commitments. Illinois trails Big Ten powers Michigan at # 11 and Ohio State at #12. The number one class by Scout.com currently belongs to Notre Dame.
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