The Filing Cabinet
The filing cabinet is a place where we keep old documents to take a look at later. That is also the goal with this new series. Every week I want to go over a few guys to look at for the future because of their talent. These could be big name players like, Trevor Lawrence or lesser known names. Either way I think it is important to identify and stash away some guys that are intriguing prospects for future drafts. Take a look at my first two players in “The Filing Cabinet” and make sure to come back next week for some more future prospects.
Before going to the Quick Lane Bowl to cover Pitt I watched a lot of film on them, expecting Dane Jackson and Damar Hamlin to jump off the screen. They did to a certain extent, but not as much as Safety, Paris Ford. Ford, a Redshirt Sophomore, has decided to return to Pitt for his Junior year and is again eligible for the NFL Draft next year. He was a 4 star recruit out of Pittsburgh and according to 247sports is Pitt’s 6th best recruit of all time behind names like Dan Marino and Larry Fitzgerald. At 6’0” 190 Ford plays more in underneath coverage when they rotate the safeties and Damar Hamlin usually was the one playing as the middle of field player. Pitt also plays a lot of quarters coverage, so he seems to have a good grasp on a lot of the switches that take place between the corner and safety. Ford is a good athlete, nothing crazy, but his instincts and physicality are big for his game. He makes so many plays and forces so many turnovers because of his aggression. With that, he’s also a great tackler and fears no ball carrier. I think he made the right decision by staying another year in order to get some more national attention. I thought Ford was the best player on the team this past season and with guys like Jackson, Hamlin and Maurice Ffrench leaving, he will most definitely be that this year and will have to step up as a leader for this team. With another good year at Pitt I think the sky is the limit with Paris Ford.
Even with Mike Leach in the building, recruiting is really tough for Washington State. They’re not in a big-time football state and all the big Washington recruits tend to go to UW. Before the Leach era, there really wasn’t much talent that came out of Wazzu. During his time there he was able to push out some good players, we’ll see how that goes now with Nick Rolovich. Max Borghi was a 3-star recruit and picked Washington State over many other schools. Last year, when I started writing down names of guys that pop on film, Borghi was the first one on that list. He got playing time as a freshman last year despite them having James Williams. This past season, Borghi was the main back there in the air raid. Of course, his pass catching ability is very good as he had 86 receptions this past season. Borghi is a good athlete and changes direction very well. He’s listed at only 197 pounds on Washington State’s website so he fits the mold of a scat back and will probably need to add some weight before going to the draft. I will be interested to see how he fits into the Coug’s new offense under Rolovich as he seems to be pretty excited about this via twitter.
If he has another big year, we could see him declare early and be one of the top running backs selected.