Kentucky native a Wildcat target

Kentucky appears loaded at running back for the foreseeable future, but most coaches will tell you that you still recruit a running back in every class. The Wildcats are taking a long look at a City College of San Francisco back.

Kentucky appears loaded at running back for the foreseeable future, but most coaches will tell you that you still recruit a running back in every class. The Wildcats are taking a long look at a City College of San Francisco back.

After a successful senior year at Mercer County High School (Ky.) that saw him rush for over 2000 yards, Brandon Ford took off to City College of San Francisco to play football. Now it's almost time to move up to the next level. Several schools have already expressed interest in giving Ford that opportunity.

"I'm hearing from Kentucky, West Virginia, South Florida, San Diego State, Oregon State, Utah State, Oregon and Indiana," said Ford.

Ford doesn't hold offers, but that seems to only be a matter of time. "I don't have any offers yet. I have to send my transcript and that's the only thing holding them back," said Ford.

So why do the schools like the 5-foot-9 ½, 192-pound back so much?

"I'm a hard runner with great vision," said Ford. "I'm a smooth runner with break away speed. I always make the first person miss and one person won't bring me down," he continued.

Ford was second string running back for CCSF as a freshman and expects to be the main man this season as he continues to improve his abilities. "I'm working on driving my knees and exploding past the linebackers and breaking down the safety," he said. "I was number two on the depth chart and when I came in, I averaged 4.5 yards a pop," he said.

"The JUCO level has helped me dramatically, especially in my school work," Ford said. "They've also helped me learn to read defenses and know what the players are going to do before they do it. That was a weakness of mine coming out of high school," he said.

Ford has also worked hard in getting stronger. "The weight room is what really separated me from the others. I live in the weight room day in and day out," said Ford.

While Ford was a star running back coming out of high school in Kentucky, that's not his only connection to the Wildcats. He's a cousin of former Wildcat great, Craig Yeast and he hopes that if he comes back to Kentucky, he'll have a similar impact.

"I would love to come back home and play in front of my family and friends," said Ford. "I feel if I do get a Kentucky offer and take it, I will be the best all-purpose back Kentucky has ever had. My cousin Craig Yeast is the best receiver," he finished.

At this point, with no offers, Ford's decision is still pending, and he's focused on his team's development and improvement. But he expects to make a decision sometime in November.


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