Georgia wideout likes UT

A wiry wide receiver from the Peach State has showed up on Tennessee's recruiting radar.

Demoreo Ford is a 5-11, 165-pounder from LaGrange, Ga., who used his 4.5 speed to earn first-team all-state honors as a junior. Though playing for a team that had a 1,000-yard rusher (Justin Patterson), Ford registered 30 catches for 512 yards and six touchdowns. He also averaged 10 yards per runback on 35 punt returns.

Asked by Scott Kennedy of TheInsiders.com if he patterns his game after anyone, he pinpointed his uncle, former Kentucky Wildcat Quentin McCord, who has gone on to play pro ball for the Atlanta Falcons and Detroit Lions.

Ford appears likely to play college ball in the Southeastern Conference.

''I'm working on getting faster and stronger this spring and summer,'' he said, adding: ''I like Kentucky, Auburn, South Carolina, Tennessee, Alabama, and Arkansas right now.''

Ford also competes in the 4x100 relay and the 400-meter dash for the LaGrange track team.

Tennessee already has some fine young receivers on campus -- Robert Meachem, Jayson Swain, Bret Smith and Bill Grimes to name a few -- but the Vols could always use a compact Ford with great acceleration.


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