K-State First To Extend Offer

MANHATTAN, Kan. - Kansas State was the first school to offer T.L. Ford, a 6-foot-3, 185-pound wide receiver from Cartersville, Ga. He opened up about his recruiting with KStateFans.com.

In his first full season as a starting player for the Cartersville Hurricanes, Ford made the most of the opportunity and was selected as All-Region in Georgia Class AAA Region 5.

"A couple of weeks ago I received my first offer from Kansas State from talking to Coach Andre Coleman," said Ford. "He told me they were high on my ball skills, my route running ability, my height, and that I do well catching the ball.

"I was excited to get the offer. Kansas State has a good program. They were champions of the Big 12 conference last year, so it's a program that's been winning. On offense, I like the way they spread the ball around to different receivers. I haven't taken any campus visits yet, but I'm planning on going to Kansas State sometime over the summer."

Ford was the Hurricanes leading receiver and played an integral role on offense scoring touchdowns in eight of their 14 games. He finished the season with 30 receptions for 560 yards for an average of 18.7 yards-per-catch and 10 touchdowns.

"I've made excellent strides in improving my game," he said. "I'm getting my speed up to where I can get good separation on the DB's. I do a good job of catching the ball at its highest point. I'm also always working on getting better on my route running."

After the Kansas State offer, Ford received an second offer from Southern Miss a week later. He reports interest from SEC schools like Missouri, Kentucky, UGA, Vanderbilt, Mississippi State, South Carolina, and Florida.

"I'd like to play in a spread offense in college that throws the ball efficiently," Ford said. "I want to join a program that's been winning consistently. Those are really the top two things I'm looking for."

Ford says he stays in contact with Andre Coleman, Kansas State first-year wide receiver coach, at least once a week after the offer. Cartersville finished 13-1 on the 2012 with a berth in the Georgia Class AAA semifinals. They're set to begin spring practice next week.

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