Recruiting Analysis: Joshua Ford

Jr. Joshua Ford is a terrific High School football player who has yet to pick up an offer. After seeing this kid in person at the Big Time Showcase where he ran a 4.4 forty, I have no idea why this is the case. Joshua exhibited speed, hands, consistency and the ability to run routes. He seems to have a good amount of Rutgers interest although the Scarlet Knights have yet to offer him thus far.

The 3-star Coolidge High (D.C) prospect definitely qualifies as one of the top "sleepers" in the Northeast region along with his talented teammate WR Martize barr. Lets take a look at his film and see if he is as good with the pads on as he is with them off.

Obviously, Joshua Ford is electric and has the upside to become a great player at the FBS level. I believe his performance level is on a steady incline and he will flat-out dominate this upcoming season. His athleticism is at an optimum level. Joshua plays with a lot of foot-speed and wiggle for a 6'2 receiver. He has a terrific height-weight-speed ratio. His movement and frame reminds me of Jeremy Maclin.

He appears to move very fluidly and not as machine-like as some other WR prospects are. Joshua certainly has that "it" factor. He plays with a confidence letting his defenders know that they have no chance at being able to cover him. Although he isn't the biggest guy, he also has the mindset to both utilize the stiff-arm and put his head down to finish off a run, which I love to see in a player.

You have got to love a receiver who can make something out of nothing. Ford can turn a loss into a gain by utilizing his quickness and creative mind. He also shows the ability to bail his quarterback out by locating and getting to open spaces in the defense once plays begin to break down.

Josh also displays the top-end speed to stretch the field vertically as well as the leaping ability to make plays on the jump-ball. His focus is solid and he is a consistent pass-catcher. He is an elusive receiver who is a threat if he receives an angle after the catch. Ford seems to have a natural feel for the position and could be a big play guy on the next level.

He is another one of those guys who would be electrifying on special teams. He has the flair for the dramatic. Josh will need to get a bit stronger in order to deal with press coverage and drive defenders off the line. His initial burst is better- than adequate but could improve slightly. I would also like to see him maintain better speed in his cuts and catch the ball more-so with his hands. All of these things can be easily corrected.

Overall, there is very little to pick at with this guy. I dont know anything about where he is academically, but based on athlketic ability alone, I feel he is a phenomenal talent worth at least 20 offers. Being that he is offer-less at this point, for whatever reason, right now would be a terrific opportunity for the right program to reach out and touch him.

Take a look at his footage below and formulate your own opinions:


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