Dalton Ford Picks AState

By the time first-time Jonesboro visitor Dalton Ford left town he had found his future home.

A 6-foot-4, 280-pound offensive tackle from Webb City, Mo., Ford found Arkansas State and Jonesboro very much to his liking.

“It was awesome,’’ he said. “Love the coaches, the players, fans, atmosphere, facilities. Everything is just how I want to spend my next 4 to 5 years.”

Ford made the 4.5 hour trip to Jonesboro on Saturday morning after the Cardinals’ 45-7 victory over Nixa with his parents.

“I loved it all. We got there and went on the tour, met the coaches and I just liked everything about it. They have the new indoor facility going up and with the new press box and new end zone facility that will be built it will be nice.

“I had never been over there. I did some research on my own and I had a little bit of an idea. They are D-1 so I knew the facilities would be nice. It was never nice. I met so many nice people. I felt at home.”

Ford also got to see a few extras, including a 21-14 overtime victory over Utah State.

“That was an awesome game,’’ he said.

And he got to witness another part of Arkansas State history, the team wearing red helmets for the first time since 1978.

“I was in the locker room when they players came back in and saw them in the lockers,’’ he said. “They were all hyped. Jumping around with music playing, it was pretty awesome.”

Ford said he has offers from Illinois, Syracuse, Florida Atlantic, Georgia State, Missouri State, Eastern Illinois, Central Arkansas and Southeast Missouri. He said he is still hearing from Northern Illinois, Northern Iowa and others .He attended summer camps at Missouri, Arkansas and Kansas State.

He said his plans now including another unofficial visit to A-State for the Louisiana-Monroe game on Oct. 4.