Now that we are down to just 25 days to kickoff, we'll take a look at the player who is #25 in our hearts.—Raymond Ford
#25, Raymond Ford, RS Junior, CB
Height: 5' 10"
High School: Junipero Serra HS, Los Angeles, CA / Riverside CC
How'd he get to the Blue™?
By seizing an opportunity.
The ever fickle game that is recruiting can be a tough mistress. Originally the Broncos had the services of Mr. Marnez Ogletree as their CB commit. Well, he decided that Boise State was not actually the place for him--as is his right. So he opened up his recruiting again by visiting Indiana. Interestingly enough, he did not enroll there. He eventually signed with Kansas.
Mr. Ford's own recruiting journey was quite circuitous as well. Originally committed to UCLA, he eventually flipped to California, where he actually signed a letter of intent, but failed to qualify academically. He then tried signing on with Washington State but that did not work out either. Thus Ford went the JC route to get his academics in order.
In need of a mature athlete to who can put in some quality time as CB when needed, the coaching staff found Ford. Out of high school, Ford was a four-star rated CB per 247Sports and rated the number 13 corner in the nation. He played only seven games in his senior year, but still received all-region honors. Helped lead his Junipero Serra HS team to an 8-3 season and a Mission League title. He spent two years in Riverside playing in 20 games, recording 93 tackles, ten interceptions, 13 pass break ups. Pretty solid numbers.
Because he's, well, a Ford.
Lamorne Morris. But with longer hair.
No Boise State highlights as of yet. Out of high school, Ford was a four-star rated CB per 247Sports and rated the number 13 corner in the nation. He played only seven games in his senior year, but still received all-region honors. Helped lead his Junipero Serra HS team to an 8-3 season and a Mission League title. He spent two years in Riverside playing in 20 games, recording 93 tackles, ten interceptions, 13 pass break ups. Pretty solid numbers. As a junior in Junipero Serro he was first-team all-state, first-team All-Southern Section and first-team All-Mission League.
Ford's presences is immediately felt by the fact he is second on the two-deep for both Mr. Moxey and Mr. Deayon. Both of the returning CBs burned respective redshirts due to injuries to those ahead of them. Like Douglas before him, Ford looks to provide some experience, and much needed game-time to relieve any fears about injuries or rest. Unfortunately the CB corp is pretty threadbare. Eric Yates is nursing an injury and not on the 105-man roster, and Isiah Johnson is a redshirt-freshman. Aside from starters Moxey and Deayon, that is it for CBs. This incoming freshman class includes some players with a lot of potential in Roddie, Blair, and Horton, but the hope is to save their true freshman year for learning and bulking up. I suppose if it had to come down to burning a redshirt, my guess is Horton would be the one with a chance to play. As it stands Ford is a ball-hawk with good instincts and knows when to come up to help, or stay back to defend. A Pac-12 talent that just had to go through some extra stuff, the Broncos definitely got a steal with the services of Ford.
Is he on Twitter?
Feels good to be a Bronco pic.twitter.com/n90AMwzIRR— I'm the Future #25 (@Raythafuture24) February 28, 2015
Completely Made Up Fact
Being an avid "Everybody Loves Ray" fan, Ford began a database for the show. Especially noting each time any character said the name "Ray." It was a labor of love.