Weis reels in JUCO receiver

When the University of Kansas first began recruiting Yuma (AZ) Arizona Western wide receiver Joshua Ford a few weeks ago, the 6-foot-4, 200-pound standout had a hard time picturing himself as a Jayhawk. That all changed once he hit campus for an official visit this weekend, however, and on Sunday he gave his commitment to Head Coach Charlie Weis.

When the University of Kansas first began recruiting him a few weeks ago, Joshua Ford wasn't what one might call "overly impressed."

Quite the opposite, in fact. Having never been to the Sunflower State, he had the same visions floating in his head as everyone else.

"In my mind I was just kind of saying, 'Kansas? What is in Kansas?'" the 6-foot-4, 200-pound receiver from Yuma (AZ) Arizona Western College said. "They went 2-10. I was not even about to give it a chance at first."

But the coaching staff slowly began to change his mind, so much so that when they conducted an in-home visit last weekend, it didn't take long for Ford to decide he wanted to visit.

Once his plane landed and he made his way to the Lawrence, Kan. campus, he was immediately impressed. Everything blew him away - the facilities, the weight room, the academic facilities, the coaching staff, the coaches and the living situation at Jayhawk Towers.

"Nothing was what I expected," he said. "And probably midway through my visit I started knowing this was gonna be the best opportunity for me."

During the visit, he had the chance to meet transfers - and former five-star prep quarterbacks - Dayne Crist and Jake Heaps, and Ford said their presence was a big plus in his eyes.

As a receiver, he explained, you can go to an offense that throws the ball every single down, but without a quality quarterback it's not going to mean much. He and Crist gelled right away.

"He's going to provide leadership," Ford said. "We immediately clicked as soon as we met. I'm looking forward, very excited to play with him. He told me the same thing in return."

Not wanting to make an emotional decision, however, the big receiver decided to sleep on the decision. He awoke more sure of himself than ever, walked into the office of Head Coach Charlie Weis on Sunday morning, shook his hand and told him he was going to be his receiver next year.

Weis was, predictably, excited.

"He had a big smile on his face," Ford said.

As a sophomore for Arizona Western in 2011, he caught a team-best 58 passes for 845 yards and 10 touchdowns in 12 games.

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