Poona Ford Blowing Up

Hilton Head defensive tackle Poona Ford has seen his recruitment take off the past few weeks as his film has been evaluated. He has already put together an impressive offer list, and more could be headed his way.

Although Hilton Head defensive tackle Poona Ford already holds double-digit offers, his recruitment is just now starting to take off and more could be headed his way.

Ford, 6-foot-1, 290-pounds, is explosive off the football and has the frame to add even more weight, and that has college coaches excited.

"I'm very surprised at all the offers I'm getting, and I never expected this at all," Ford stated. "Getting all these offers just makes me want to work harder, because I feel I have a lot to live up to right now."

"Two of the schools I'm high on that have offered would be Louisville and South Carolina," he added. "I was at Louisville's camp last summer, and I got along well with their coaching staff. I've stayed in contact with Louisville, and I like them a lot. South Carolina has one of the best defensive lines in the country, and I'm comfortable with that staff."

Several other top programs are recruiting Ford, and although they haven't offered yet, he could be close to adding more offers.

"I like Florida State and Ohio State, and I'm interested in both schools," he explained. "I like the way Florida State plays so aggressively on defense, and how highly rated they were on defense. I'd love to visit there."

"I will be going to Ohio State's camp in June, and I'm looking forward to that," he continued. "I spoke to (assistant coach) Mike Vrabel the other day and it was cool talking to him. I know he played in the NFL, and feel he could really help me get better as a player. I'm visiting Tennessee in two weeks, and I'm hoping to get that offer."

A check of his highlight tape reveals an extremely explosive player, and one who must be double-teamed on every play.

"My strength would be my ability to get off the football quicker than anyone else," Ford said. "I play hard every play, and I'm good rushing the passer and stopping the run. I'm working on getting stronger and adding more weight."

Hilton Head head coach B.J. Payne is quite high on his star player, calling him the best college prospect he's ever coached. That's quite a statement with Payne having coached over ten Division-I prospects in his coaching career, including NFL wide receiver Brian Hartline.

"People are just starting to notice this kid, and once they watch the film they're offering," Payne stated. "Poona is a great kid, and he's great in the classroom and in the locker room. We will not let him go live in practice because he hurt three players last year."

"I've had calls from Alabama, Florida, Ohio State and Arkansas in the past few days," he added. "I told Ohio State they will offer as soon as they see him in camp, because there won't be anyone there will be able to handle him one-on-one. He's the best football player I've ever coached, and I've had a lot of them play at the Division-I level."

As a junior, Ford had over 150 tackles, including 44 for loss, and added 11 sacks. He currently holds offers from South Carolina, Illinois, Louisville, Missouri, Georgia Tech, Boise State, Purdue, Toledo, Massachusetts, Florida Atlantic, Marshall and Utah State.

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