December 25, 2011

Arizona JUCO Weighing Options

For the last few years, Blue Raider fans have become accustomed to hearing the names of wide receivers Sancho McDonald and Malcolm Beyah. Both players have played key parts in some of the most memorable games and plays in school history, and have left a legacy for future Blue Raiders to look to.

For the first time in four years, Beyah and McDonald will no longer be in a Blue Raider uniform on game day. Instead, a new class of receivers will be headlining the Blue Raider passing game, including a few junior college transfers. caught up with one of those potential junior college prospects in Josh Ford, a wide receiver from Arizona Western, who could become one of those names that fans become accustomed to in the coming years.

Many players enjoy the recruiting process, but for the 6'4", 195-pound Ford, it's a process that he is ready to end - for a second time.

"I don't like recruiting, " Ford said. "It's so stressful. Especially when you are on your visit and it's hard to make a decision."

After signing with New Mexico out of high school, Ford was forced to look to the junior college route. It was there he became friends with current Blue Raider Jamal Gray, a former teammate at Arizona Western.

This past season, Ford led all receivers at Arizona Western in receptions, yards, and touchdowns. For the season, he finished with 58 receptions while gaining 845 yards and reaching paydirt an impressive 10 times.

With his great size and a recorded 4.4 on his 40-time, it is easy to see why Ford quickly became a go to target in Arizona, as well as a target for the Blue Raider coaching staff.

Ford was in Murfreesboro recently for his official visit and spent a lot of time with Gray. The two spoke regularly throughout the visit, but his friendship with Gray will not be giving the Blue Raiders an inside track.

Ford remains hopeful that the new offensive coordinator at Maryland will like his junior college film and will come through with an offer and an invitation for an official visit, but that offer has yet to materialize.

Former Temple head coach Al Golden has extended an offer for Ford to join him at Miami and Ford should be making a trip to South Beach in January to visit the Hurricanes program. Ford, a one-time Temple commitment out of high school, has maintained a good relationship with Golden's staff.

With a little less than two months until signing day anything could happen and the Blue Raiders, desperate for a receiver, could add Ford to the core on that special Wednesday in February.

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