Southfield High is expected to be one of the top teams in the state of Michigan this upcoming season. One of their key contributors is 2015 athlete Ray Buford, who has already generated four scholarship offers from Mid-American Conference schools.
"The most recent offer I received was from Western [Michigan]," Buford said. "I went to their one-day camp and they liked my size, my competitiveness and that I didn't give up on plays.
"Western is a pretty good school. They are on the come-up and I like their facilities they are building up there."
Eastern Michigan, Ohio and Toledo are the other three schools that have extended early offers to Buford. He also camped with Ohio State, Tennessee, Old Dominion and Maryland this summer, sparking interest from those schools.
"I got good feedback from Ohio State and Tennessee," Buford said. "They didn't want to make the move on an offer just yet. Tennessee said I wasn't as big right now and they wanted to see how I turned out in a year. Ohio State said they have to see me in pads first, but they like me outside of pads."
The 5-foot-11, 170-pound Buford started his prep career as a wide receiver. He will also add cornerback to his duties this fall and is starting to see the opinion of college coaches on his future position shift to the defensive side of the ball as well.
"Right now, more teams are recruiting me at defensive back," Buford said. "I am an athlete so I can pretty much play any position, you just have to give me time to learn it. It's going well learning it right now, so hopefully I can get better within the year."
Buford and his Southfield teammates will open the 2013 season on Aug. 30 against two time defending Division I state champion Detroit Cass Tech.