Raymond Ford said he's still committed to UCLA but Arizona State is definitely making a push for his services and the Gardena (Calif.) Serra cornerback said he's visiting the Sun Devils soon.
The trip is important for any future decisions.
"I hope the trip will be good," said Ford, who's visiting with Serra teammate Thomas Brown. "I'm looking forward to seeing how everything will turn out. I'm kind of excited about the trip.
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"I see that they're progressing and winning more so I can maybe go there and continue helping them win."
Ford, a 5-foot-10, 180-pound three-star cornerback, said while he's still committed to the Bruins he is investigating other options. Arizona State tops that list but he does plan to take his other four visits as well. Arizona, Colorado and SMU have also offered the Serra recruit.
Despite his commitment to UCLA in late June, the Sun Devils have continued to pursue him and since they're having such a strong season he's definitely considering them as an alternative.
The visit to Tempe in a couple weeks will play a big factor in where his recruitment heads from here. If things don't work out with UCLA, Ford said he would like to look at other options ahead of time.
"They want me and I want to see how everything is out there to see if I want to go there, too," Ford said. "The visit is really important. It's a big factor. It's really important how my trip goes out there to see if I want to go there or not."
One of the hang-ups with UCLA is the uncertain future of coach Rick Neuheisel, who has recruited Ford from the start. If Neuheisel is not retained after this season the Serra prospect said he'll have a lot of thinking to do about his commitment.
"I'm still looking around, my options are open, I'm still looking at every other team but I'm still verbally committed to them," Ford said.
"It's a big factor if (Neuheisel) stays. We'll see what happens. He recruited me so I don't want to go in there with another coach and they'll do all types of different things."
Rivals.com rates Ford No. 37 at cornerback in the 2012 class and No. 42 in the California state rankings.