JUCO End Fills Bill

West Virginia was one of the schools making a late push for junior college defensive lineman Larry Ford, and it got some help in snaring a commitment from one of the top pass rushers on that level.

"My defensive line coach, Sean Cherico, was telling me a lot of good things about West Virginia," Ford said after committing to WVU. "I got interested in them and I decided to make it official. West Virginia came on late in the process. There were a lot of schools that talked to me, and I got a lot of letters from different school, but West Virginia was the one that I decided to go with."

WVU's off week, which it used to make visits to a number of schools, figured heavily in the timing of the decision.

"Coach Tony Gibson and the defensive line coach came out here a couple of days ago," Ford said. "I can't even pronounce his name, but I can spell it." Ford proceeded to spell out Bill Kirelawich's name, proving that he certainly was paying attention during the visit by the WVU staffers. "I am going to take a visit there on Dec. 1. I might take another visit, but I am set to West Virginia."

Ford, who played at Georgetown High School in South Carolina before being recruited by Coffeyville at the South Carolina North-South game, views pass rushing as his strength. That is an area that the Mountaineers wish to continue to bolster, despite the excellent improvement shown in sacks and pressure this year.

On the season, Ford has 23 tackles, including 6.5 behind the line for 44 yards in losses. He also has one forced fumble from his defensive end position. He redshirted last year at Coffeyville, and is on track to graduate in December. If all goes according to plan, he would then enroll in January at West Virginia with three years of eligibility remaining. He plans to major in sports management.

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