San Pedro (Calif.) Senior High School offensive tackle Nick Ford decommitted from the University of Nevada a few months ago and lately, his stock has been on the rise and new offers from Cal, Arizona, Utah and BYU have come in.
“They’re all big ones,” Ford told Today’s U. “I’m very thankful that I have them. I’m trying to make the best of what I can get and see where the road takes me, end up at a good place in college and hopefully have a good road in college and end up in the pros. That’s my dream. Getting those couple Pac 12 and the independent offer, I know it’s going to open a lot of doors and I’m real appreciative of that.”
— Ford (@FearThat55) October 29, 2016
Ford is also on the radar of a few other prominent schools on his side of the country, so it’s possible more offers come in for him.
“Stanford is one,” Ford said. “Hawaii, Washington and Boise State, they are really hot on me and my coaches, but they haven’t offered yet. There’s a couple of colleges I’m hoping for, but I like to keep those things to myself because I don’t want to cause issues in my recruitment. In all honesty, I’m just hoping for as many offers as I can get and that I’m able to find what’s right for me.”
While the 247Sports, 83 overall three-star is excited about his new offers and new interests, he isn’t too concerned with recruiting for the time being.
“The mentality that I’m trying to have right now is, I’m trying to finish my senior season,” Ford said. “I’m focused on me and my fellow teammates that I have right now. You only live high school football once, so I want to make sure we live it up and finish out the season strong, then I will look at my offers for school and see what has the best education for me, the environment and all of that good stuff.”
So far, the 6-foot-6, 270-pounder has only taken an official visit to Montana and an unofficial visit to Nevada, so he likely still has some more traveling to do before he officially shuts things down.
“They both were good places,” Ford said. “Much respect to the coaching staffs of both of those teams, it was alright. I’m trying to find the place that’s perfect for me that I will be comfortable. I was comfortable in those two places, but I want to make sure I’m comfortable in the place that’s for me, because other schools could come along that I’m more comfortable with.”
Right now, Ford plays both ways for San Pedro, so college coaches have gotten to see him line up at a number of positions and have gotten a better idea of exactly what type of athlete they can possibly add to the fold come signing day.
“I get a lot of mixed compliments, because I play both sides of the ball, I’m a very versatile player,” Ford said. “Right now I’m 6-6, probably like 275 and I’m playing d-tackle, nose and offensive tackle and center at my high school right now. My main positions are nose and tackle.
“They like how my footwork is fast because I’ve been trained at wide receiver, tight end and linebacker. Once I tell them that, they are impressed and like that I’m versatile and I can move. I can go both ways without being gassed, I can make three or four plays in a drive on defense then turn right around and play offense without missing a down.”
Of Ford’s three bigger offers – Arizona, Cal and BYU – all of them like him at offensive line, but BYU is also considering him playing a hybrid defensive end role, if he ends up a Cougar.
“I’m getting a lot of offers for nose out to hybrid end then guard out to tackle,” Ford said.
Once Ford’s season is over with, he plans to take at least a few more visits before he starts to narrow things down.
“Probably Berkeley for sure, then maybe Arizona,” Ford said. “I would check (the other interested schools that haven’t offered yet) out, but they would probably be unofficial visits. They are on the West Coast so I would use an unofficial and go up. I try to save my officials for the teams that offer me.”
A few factors will be key in Ford’s decision when he dives into the elimination process.
“Even though you’re playing football, something can happen and you’ll have to rely on that piece of paper,” Ford said. “And the opposite of that, when you’re not at football, who are you going to be around on campus? What’s it like when you step off campus. How do the people in the community like the college students? Things like that.”
It appears that college football fans will have to wait until National Signing Day to see if their team lands the three-star.
“I’m going to start narrowing things down in December, probably, then make my choice mid to late January and keep it confidential when I do make that choice then let everyone know within the public on signing day,” Ford said. “I want to keep it confidential within the public, but let the university know.
I’m thankful for the process and the people that are recruiting me. Whether or not I wind up going to their university, I’m going to be sure to tell them thank you and show them my appreciation.”