Iowa football signs Michigan cornerback

BY DI STAFF | DECEMBER 12, 2011 7:20 AM

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The Iowa football team received a new oral addition to its 2012 recruiting class on Sunday.

Kevin Buford, a 5-10, 170-pound cornerback from Michigan, reportedly accepted a scholarship offer at the end of his official visit to Iowa City this weekend.

Buford had originally committed to Toledo, but he backed out when former Rocket head coach left the school to fill the vacant Illinois spot.

"I felt like I always had the potential to play in the Big Ten,"Buford told Rivals.com on Sunday. "I don't want to sound cocky or anything, but I feel I can play at the highest level of collegiate football. I knew I had that potential but had to work hard and get better this year."

The two-star (Rivals) defensive back helped lead Canton (Mich.) High to an 8-3 record his senior year; the Chiefs were 10-1 and the eighth-best team in the state during his junior campaign. He played cornerback and running back for the Chiefs and also returned kicks.

ESPN.com's scouting profile said Buford shows the most promise as a defensive player, but he still has plenty to work on.

"Displays good anticipation and recognition skills … possesses good ball-hawk skill set, but we would like to see more concentration to consistently make a play on the ball," the website said. "Can line up in box [and] wrap up ball carrier in space, but needs to be more consistent as a wrap-up tackler, sinking hips, and driving through … Overall, Buford is a physical, determined prospect with versatile skill set."

Buford is Iowa's 14th oral commitment of the class and the second in the past week; four-star defensive end Faith Ekakitie gave his on Dec. 7.

The class so far consists of seven defensive players, four offensive players, a kicker, and two athletes.

— by Seth Roberts

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