Dodge City (KS) CC sent ten prospects to Division I rosters last year and have another handful this…
Dodge City QB a name to know
Dodge City (KS) CC quarterback Deondre Ford will be a name to watch as the 2015 recruiting cycle progresses forward. An FBS program looking to add a junior college signal caller will want to take a hard look at the dual-threat. Standing at 6-foot-2 and 205 pounds, Ford was one of the main players on the Dodge City roster that flashed throughout Friday's practice. He was asked to do the majority of his work in the pocket and was efficient and accurate all day. He also showed complete command of the offense and is a player that his teammates on the offensive side look to for guidance. Ford discussed his path the few years that now has him in western Kansas, and explained how fortunate and grateful he is for the experience. "I started at Waco Midway High School," he said. "I didn't make it coming out of high school and junior college was the route I was going to have to take. It wasn't something I was thrilled about but it was a step that I had to take." "Coach Thomas called me about Dodge City and said they weren't a good football team," Ford continued. "He told me about the receivers he planned on bringing in as well as the running back and how I could come in and make a big impact. I wanted to go to a program that I could help change. I bought into what Coach Thomas was telling me and it's truly a blessing that I made it here." Ford had a spectacular scrimmage on Friday but continued to stress that he still had a ways to go in his development. "I want to improve at being able to read the defense," he noted. "I want to increase my pre-snap knowledge and being able to read the coverage before the play starts. Working to continue to build chemistry with my receivers is also important and hitting them on time and out of their breaks. I need to make wiser decisions. At times last year I'd force some throws and make mistakes that cost my team." The sophomore signal caller also discussed areas of his game that he is pleased with. "I can make every throw," Ford pointed out. "I'm very agile so I can extend plays. I have a strong arm. Coaches tell me I'm very accurate and I run a 4.5 forty yard dash so I feel good about my athletic ability and making plays with my feet, not just my arm." No offers have rolled in for Ford just yet but I would be shocked if FBS scholarships weren't extended his way. A handful have already been in contact. "I've heard from Kentucky, UAB, Utah State, Southern Miss, Akron, Grambling State, and a few other schools," he mentioned. "None of them are standing out yet and I'm just getting better and controlling what I can and letting the rest take care of itself." The Kentucky staff's interest stems from Ford's production last season. "They haven't said a whole lot yet," he said about the Wildcats. "They just said they're very interested and know about my play last year. They're intrigued about the prospect I can be. They'll be tracking me." Southern Mississippi was at practice on Friday and have their eyes on Ford as a possible prospect they could offer. "They told me I had a good season last year," Ford shared about the Golden Eagles. "They've been to practice and really like me. It's another program that is going to keep their eye on me and see how I progress throughout this year. As long as I keep getting better and performing, I think I'm going to be just fine."
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