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Family Emergency For Auburn’s Johnathan Ford

Johnathan FordAuburn coach Gus Malzahn says cornerback Johnathan Ford has missed practice this week due to a family emergency.  He might not be available for this weeks’ game against Arkansas.

“We don’t know yet,” Malzahn said. “He had a family emergency he’s having to deal with. That’s all I’d rather say.”

The freshman Ford not only plays cornerback but also special teams and running back.  He has 73 yards on six carries for the offense and five tackles and a pass breakup on defense.

The 7-1 Tigers travel to Arkansas to play the 3-5 Razorbacks Saturday.

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SEC Recruiting Headlines 2/4/13

1. Running back Johnathan Ford’s decision will come on signing day.

2. Offensive lineman Nick Haynes for Niceville, Fla., is headed to Kentucky.

3. Missouri is looking for more linemen to compete in the SEC.

4. Linebacker Quinton Powell couldn’t sign with Florida if he wanted to do so.

5. Texas A&M is turning its on-field success into success on the recruiting trail.

6. Junior college DT Jarran Reed will choose between Alabama and Florida.

7. Florida is a finalist for wide receiver James Clark from New Smyrna Beach, Fla.

8. The SEC has some of the nation’s top recruiting rivalries.

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Vandy Looks To Benefit From Increased Success

Vanderbilt running back commit Johnathan Ford was impressed when he watched the Commodores beat Tennessee 41-18 on Saturday night.

“That’s the best game I’ve went to,” Ford told 247Sports. “It was intense from start to finish. That was a big rivalry right there. There were big plays, hard hitting from start to finish. It kept us in it. That was the best atmosphere I’ve ever seen of all the times I’ve seen Vanderbilt University. The fans were wild.”

Vanderbilt’s success under second-year coach James Franklin has been wild to many outside observers. The Commodores have a 7-4 record, 5-3 in the SEC this season. That’s more conference wins than Tennessee has since the start of the 2010 season.

Recruits have noticed. Vanderbilt’s 2013 class is ranked No. 23 in the nation by 247Sports. Ford told the website he believes more top prospects will join him in Nashville.

“I talked to (Arlington, Texas, safety) Trevor Walker,” Ford said. “He’s coming to Vandy. We’re getting him there. I talked to (Seffner, Fla., safety) Leon McQuay. We’re getting these guys with us. I talked to (Nashville, Tenn., cornerback) Jalen Ramsey. I’m fixing to do all I can and be the leader of the group.”

Junior athlete Todd Kelly Jr. was in Nashville Saturday to see Vanderbilt’s win against Tennessee. He noticed the same thing that impressed Ford.

“The coaching staff and players have a strong connection and it feels like they are a family,” Kelly told ESPN RecruitingNation.

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