Cali ATH in Beaver orbit

DEON FORD is a safety/linebacker/receiver prospect on the Oregon State radar. One of several prospects coming out Rancho Cucamonga High this year, the 6-0, 195-pounder won't be hurting for exposure, and recently ranked Ford on a Top 20 list. Plus, there are over three minutes of Ford's highlight tape available to subscribers.

Ford has four offers, although he notes Oregon State's written offer has not yet landed in his mailbox.

"I haven't received my written offer from them yet," said Ford. "When they offered me, they offered me over the phone. They told me that's exactly what it was until, they wanted me to send them another tape, a game tape rather than my highlight tape. They liked everything I did on my highlight tape but wanted to see how I performed throughout a game."

Ford said the way the Beavs went about it may have actually increased Oregon State's stock in his eyes.

"I like Oregon State right about now -- they've pretty much been the most truthful that I've talked to," said Ford. "A lot of schools, if I was to count all the schools that have "offered" me, I'd probably have (tons) of offers. So I appreciate that they were real with me; 'Okay you have a verbal offer right now, it's not written.' And that's all I want to hear. I just want to hear the truth."

SINCE SEPT. 1, San Diego State and Boise State have both been in touch. Arizona, Arizona State and Cal are three others he named as recently increasing their recruiting efforts. He lists UTEP, Washington, San Diego State and Oregon State as his four offers. Where he ends up playing at the next level depends on the school.

"Oregon State, I would either play linebacker or safety," said Ford. "San Diego State said they wouldn't figure out what I'd play until I got there. Washington is strictly receiver and UTEP actually said they could use me on both sides of the ball and that would be something they'd actually try to do."

Ford made's list of the Top 20 preseason receivers in the Golden State.

Ford described the interest from some schools as stop and go.

"Washington, I like them," said Ford. "Everything's going fine, but they're iffy with me. At one point they're all over me, but then they'll stop all contact for a month or two. So they're a little wishy-washy."

FORD SAID HE'S been working hard since January to take care of business in the classroom, trying to eliminate any potential hesitation on some schools' part to offer.

"The reason I didn't receive as many offers (early) was because of my grades situation," said Ford. "Since then, I've been working real hard and have made up almost all the classes I needed to -- I'm at around a 2.7 core GPA right now. I worked hard at doing it, and that's one of the things I pride myself on."

Official visits to San Diego State and UTEP are in the works, with Ford saying he plans to coordinate the other trips later in the season. Ford said any top five list is fluid, with Arizona, ASU, SDSU, Cal and Oregon the schools he's been feeling lately.

"Every day though, I might wake up and it will be different, someone different might be my leader tomorrow," he said.

His junior campaign, Ford recorded 56 tackles on defense. Offensively, he added 23 receptions for 405 yards with five touchdowns. At the San Bernardino County Combine, Ford clocked a 4.67 forty (with a 4.5 his personal best) with a vertical leap of 37-inches.

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