VERBAL COMMIT: DB with swagger goes crimson

HEADING INTO HIS trip to Washington State, Rancho Cucamonga safety prospect Deon Ford was fairly certain that Wazzu was the right place for him. Over the course of his official visit weekend, the versatile playmaker became "100 percent" certain and gave his verbal commitment to coach Bill Doba earlier today.

"I'm a Cougar," said Ford, a 3-star prospect. "It was pretty funny. He asked me if I could see myself being a Cougar and I said of course I could, I want to be a Cougar. He asked me if I was sure and I said of course I'm sure, I'm positive. So he asked me if I was positive and I said 100 percent and he yelled out Yeah! and everybody started cheering."

Ford said the entire Pullman experience this weekend convinced him he was making the best choice.

"It was a real good trip, I enjoyed everything," he said. "When we got off the plane, they pretty much embraced us right when we walked in the door. There are a lot of people there for you at Washington State. It's just a great place to be. I enjoyed everything about it, when I went out with the players, everything."

FORD DOES A number of things well out on the gridiron, said Brandon Huffman, West Recruiting Analyst for

"Deon is a versatile player who can be a big tackler in the secondary for the Cougs," said Huffman. "He could have also been a solid possession receiver at the next level. But his strength is his toughness, and he likes to be physical. He isn't blazing fast but he has solid football speed. He probably has the most upside of Rancho Cucamonga's six D-I prospects, four of whom have made a commitment."

Ford will play safety for the Cougs -- he's fast and quick enough to cover, but also aggressive and strong in run support. Whether he lines up at strong or free safety will be determined in fall camp, he said the WSU coaches told him this weekend.

Ford also carries with him a certain confidence and swagger that college coaches crave.

"Hey I just want to say to all the other schools and coaches who missed out on me, watch out," said Ford.

Ford primarily played on offense in 2006, but in 2005 he also saw considerable action at safety and linebacker, registering 56 tackles and an interception.

At the San Bernardino County Combine, Ford clocked a 4.67 forty, with a 4.5 his personal best. He has a vertical leap of 37-inches.

On offense, he had 30 receptions for 510 yards with five TDs his senior year. As a junior he had 23 receptions for 405 yards and five touchdowns.

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