Local DB Favors UM

Northwestern High School in Miami has been one of the state's top producers of talent in recent years and this year is no different. The Bulls have two major college prospects in cornerback Trevor Ford and wide receiver Khalil Jones. This report will focus on Ford.

Ford, who just started playing organized football in 10th grade, is still learning the game.

"I've learned a lot already," Ford said, "but I still learn new things all the time. One thing that I've done a lot better at recently is reading what the receiver is going to do on his routes. It's little things like that."

Ford, who says he was timed at 10.81 FAT during track season this past spring, attended UM's recent summer camp for one day. He wanted a chance to line up against some of the nation's premier wide receivers.

"I was hearing there were some great wide receivers out there," he said. "I wasn't planning on going at first but when I heard about that, I had to take a look."

At 6-foot-1 and 187 pounds, Ford said he matched up with the big name receivers really well.

"I went up against all of them," he said. "Two guys from California and this cat from New Orleans are supposedly three of the best in the whole country. They were all good. The smaller guy from California (Lavelle Hawkins) was really fast and the bigger guy (Cameron Colvin) was tough to handle because he had a little bit of everything. But I thought the toughest one to cover was the kid from New Orleans (Early Doucet). In addition to being real fast, he was more physical with me and was ready to mix it up."

Ford talked more about his one-on-one matchups with the MVP of the entire camp -- Doucet.

"I went up against him five times in one-on-one drills," he said. "He only caught one ball. I kinda slipped and he got a step on me and the quarterback threw a perfect pass right in there and he caught it. That's alright, though, I got him the other four times."

Ford, who says he's been timed at 4.33 over 40 yards, said he compares his game to former Northwestern standout Travarous Bain.

"We're a lot alike," he said. "He's tall and really fast and makes plays. That's the way I am. He's a friend of mine and we talk whenever we get a chance."

The standout cornerback said several college coaches stopped by during the month of May and also called him on the phone.

"A bunch of them were calling," he said. "I even have over a dozen or so scholarship offers. My top choice is Miami. They're close to home, they produce great players, and it's the top program in the country right now. After Miami then I'm also looking at Florida State, Ohio State, and Kansas State. They've all offered me a scholarship."

Ford said that includes the Hurricanes.

"They offered me and [wide receiver] Khalil [Jones] in the spring time," he said. "Coach CJ then asked us to come to the camp and stuff like that. We both like Miami the best right now."

Stay tuned as we'll have an interview with Jones within the next few days.

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