Buford Talks U-M Visit

Southfield (Mich.) '15 CB Ray Buford talks U-M visit, thoughts on Michigan coaches, other schools of interest and more.

Southfield (Mich.) High 2015 cornerback Ray Buford caught the attention of the Michigan coaching staff this spring with his ability to play in the defensive back field. He has been to campus multiple times and made his way back to Ann Arbor last weekend for unofficial visit.

"It was pretty good," said Buford, on his visit. "I have always loved Michigan. I got a pretty good feel for it. I looked around at other things, of course, I looked at the Big House and saw all the facilities. I felt I had a lot of love from the coaches and they really liked me. I got a sense of family up there.

"I really talked with coach (Curt) Mallory a lot and coach (Chris) Singletary. And they were just talking about how good I can be and the sky is the limit right now for me basically. So keep working, and they will eventually get back to me."

At-6-foot-1, 175-pounds, Buford has offers from Toledo and Eastern Michigan at the moment. While the Wolverines' have yet to extend an offer his direction, an offer from Michigan would go a long way in his recruitment.

"It would mean a lot," Buford said. "It would be a great honor. I would smile forever if I got that offer. But I wouldn't make the decision right off the bat."

Buford went on a college one-day camp tour last week at Tennessee, Maryland and Old Dominion. While none of the schools offered on his camp visit, he had positive things to say about each program.

"Tennessee was pretty good," Buford recalled. "I like their facilities a lot. They said they really don't offer guys like me up north unless we are pretty big globally. I'm not that big yet. But I had a pretty good showing out there.

"I like Maryland a lot. They are on the come up right now. So hopefully I am looking out for them and getting a offer.

"Old Dominion is a very good school. Their division AA right now, but will be coming up to Conference USA in two years. But they are pretty good for only being a football program for like four years."

In the meantime, Buford said his position coach will play a hug role in his recruitment moving forward.

"As a corner, I will be looking at who is the coach first of all. I just want to see their pedigree, and if they played corner, and how many guys they put in the league."


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