Hoboken High School in Hoboken, New Jersey has produced numerous Division IA players in the last 10 years. Some of the former Hoboken Red Wings that went to Division IA programs are Keon Walker (Syracuse), Terrel Dortch (Michigan State), Ravon Anderson (Rutgers), Rashod Casey (Penn State), and Carlos Perez (Florida). Ira Guilford's name will soon be added to the list.
Ira Guilford is one of the best DBs in the state and has appeared on the list of numerous publications as a "player to watch". He has the ability to play CB or Safety.
He has two favorites Ohio State and Michigan State. Syracuse, Penn State, Rutgers, Maryland, and Boston College are listed as his number 3 schools.
Ohio State is his big leader and he was offered a scholarship after attending their summer camp. During the camp, he ran a 4.42 forty, registered a 39 -inch vertical leap, and broad jumped 10'-11". The Ohio State staff offered him a scholarship immediately after the testing, for obvious reasons - wow.
Michigan State is number two because of the graduation of their two safeties (after this year) and his friend with current Spartans (former Hoboken star) Terrell Dortch. If Guilford selects the Spartan, he will play with Dortch for two years.
Why the others?
He visited the school during the summer and liked the campus. He was impressed with their dedication to football. One of his former teammates, Keon Walker is the current starting strong safety.
They were a childhood favorite. He likes the tradition and history.
He likes the fact that the school is close to home. He views it as a program on the rise and he likes the head coach. The money that they have put into their facilities really impresses him. He also has friends that attend the school.
He likes Coach Schiano and the rest of the coaching staff. He believes the Schiano will turn the program around and it is only a matter of time.
Donald "Big Dog" Forbes: BigDog@Rutgersfootball.com
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