Recruiting & Scouting

FOOTBALL: Southfield 2015 athlete Ray Buford could be nearing a decision

   | Branden Hunter

State Champs! Sports Network

SALINE, Mich. - The common theme at the Rivals Camp Series Detroit this past weekend, seemed to be players showing how hard they've been working on their bodies this off-season. Players like Mike Weber, Desmond Fitzpatrick, David Reese II, and Ray Buford Jr., all looked noticeably different from last season.

Buford is closing to finishing up his junior year at Southfield (Mich.) and  is an interesting prospect, because he can play on either side of the ball in college. He also happens to hold offers for both wide receiver and cornerback and entered the camp at an impressive 6-0, 195-pounds, which will only help his cause.

"I've been hitting the weight room a lot," he said. "Lately I've been running track, but I wanted to get bigger so I can play my position better.

"I came here to the Rivals Camp to see where I am, as far as competition wise. Also I want to prove myself as one of the best in the state."

Whatever position Buford chooses to play, having options at the next level isn't a bad thing. Most schools are recruiting him as a defensive back, where he worked out as at the Rivals Camp, but the interest in him on offense is just as serious.

"Boston College actually offered me as a receiver," he said. "Pittsburgh didn't offer me, but they are looking at me as a receiver too."

Buford has been one of the hottest prospects in the state since his sophomore year at Southfield High. He holds six offers to date and is one of a few players in the state to hold an offer at multiple positions. The defensive side of the ball is probably where he will end up at, as bigger cornerbacks are a serious need.

He also still possesses those wide receiver skills, as far as hands and speed goes, which is why he's a wanted man.

"My recruitment has been going good and has been picking up a lot," said Buford. "Ohio State has been standing out a little more now. But it pretty much has been the same schools recruiting me the hardest, Michigan State, Pittsburgh, and Cincinnati."

Michigan hasn't expressed much interest in Buford lately and it appears they won't, already having three defensive back commits in their 2015 class. Still Buford has plenty of good options for college and may be entering a decision as his senior year approaches.

"I will probably make my decision by the end of the summer, when camps are over with," he said. "I have no visits planned, but my next camp may be Ohio State's, and that's in the middle of June."