T.L Ford - Happy To Be A Wildcat

MANHATTAN, Kan. - Bill Snyder made a big splash in February by hiring two-time Pro Bowl and K-State great Andre Coleman as the wide receivers coach. The dividends are paying off as Coleman has been ab;e to attract attention from the Atlanta area, a hotbed of high school football talent. The staff received a commitment over the weekend from T.L. Ford of Cartersville (Ga.) High School.

Kansas State got great returns in the recruiting wars with yet another commitment from wideout T.L. Ford.

The 6-foot-3, 181-pound wide receiver said the decision was based on Coleman and what he saw from the Wildcats in 2012.

"I wasn't on campus this weekend," Coleman shared with KStateFans.com. "I gave the coaches a call and told them I was ready to commit. Definitely the season they had this past year impressed me. I really liked the coaching staff. When I went on an unofficial visit [to Manhattan] just two or three weeks ago, I enjoyed the people there. It was great to see the city, the campus and the football facilities, but I enjoyed talking with Coach Snyder the most. He talked to me a lot about what is expected of me with the academic part and how they work hard together as a program. He said they make a commitment to their football players for life both on and off the field.

"I'm looking forward to working with Coach Coleman. He played the game at the highest level, so he knows what he's doing. He's a nice guy. I've done some research on him and from talking with him he seems like a real nice person."

Ford was named first team All-Region as a junior at Cartersville where he caught 30 receptions for 560 yards and 10 touchdowns on the season. He reports 13 D-1 offers, including Kansas State, from the likes of Cincinnati, Southern Miss, and UCF.

"When [K-State] started recruiting me," said Ford, "they told me they thought that I had the potential to get a lot bigger with my height and size. They liked my route running, ball skills, and what I can do in one-on-one coverage."

At Cartersville, Ford plays the X-receiver in a spread offense catching balls from D-1 prospect, Brooks Barden. This year the two will pair up on more time to make a run at the Georgia 3A state title.

"I think we have a good chance of going all the way," Ford said of the Hurricanes hopes in 2013. "Last year we lost in the semifinals but this year we're heading to the [Georgia] Dome."

Ford also plays basketball at Cartersville and is known for his leaping ability on the gridiron and the hardwood. He led his basketball team in scoring the past two seasons.

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