ILLINOIS ELITE FOOTBALL

Don't Call it a Comeback: DeAndre Ford

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Published: 03/21/2014

DeAndre Ford will look to rebound from a horrific injury he sustained last season.

In Joliet Catholic’s season opener against Providence Catholic, Ford broke his fibula and tore multiple ligaments in his ankle.

The Joliet Central offensive lineman received surgery last season and has been rehabbing ever since. He says he is 100% now and ready to prove his mettle.

Due to the injury, Ford has not received any offers but has received interest from numerous schools including but not limited to: Central MichiganIndianaIllinoisMichigan State, and Ohio State.

He has already visited Western Michigan and Illinois for their junior days and attended a spring practice at Northwestern. He’s looking to get down to Bloomington at some point for either a spring practice or an unofficial visit.

Ford is expected to play either tackle or guard at the next level, both positions he’s comfortable and familiar playing.

The big space-eater possesses a desirable blend of great size and skill therefore the offers should eventually come once the season begins.

One of his main strengths is his power. He has an innate ability to push his defender off the line and quickly get his man on their heels.

After being cleared to practice, Ford has been working on his pass sets, run blocking, and hand placement. By adding these tools, he becomes the complete package.

A main contributor to Ford’s development has been his work with Core 6, which is a football-based training outfit located in Deerfield, IL.

Ford is ready to get back on the field and help guide Joliet back to the state championship, a place the team has not been since his freshman year.