July 16, 2007
Iowa State driving hard for DE Ford
After securing offensive lineman Joe Blaes out of Coffeyville Community College in Kansas in the class of 2007, Iowa State is back recruiting that junior college program in the class of 2008. One of its top targets there is 6-foot-3, 245-pound defensive end Larry Ford, who could potentially play three full seasons at the next level.
Ford originally came out of Georgetown High School in South Carolina in the class of 2006, landing at Coffeyville last fall. He did not play as a true freshman, however, instead focusing on his schoolwork and gaining the size necessary to compete at the Division I-A level. Coming out of high school, Ford did not generate much interest from Division I programs and part of that may have been his size. Now that he has put on the additional weight and has the ability to play three seasons at the next level, colleges are coming through in droves looking to sign the JUCO talent.
"I have offers from Arkansas, Iowa State, Mississippi State, South Carolina, Clemson, Purdue, Texas A&M and I think that's it," Ford said. "Purdue wants me real bad. They want me to take a visit. I took an unofficial to South Carolina and Oklahoma and those two visits went good."
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