Athletic 6-3, 205 Dee Ford from St. Clair County High says that his recent visit to Auburn for both a two-day camp and a return on Wednesday for an unofficial visit gave him a good feeling about the Tigers. He becomes Auburn's 19th verbal commitment for the 2009 class.
"It was a pretty good experience," Ford says. "I like the coaches. I like the facilities. I like what it will look like in my future. I just love the whole campus.
"It helped me a whole lot," he says of his visits. "I have already gotten close to coach Terry Price. I have talked to coach (Tommy) Tuberville. I feel close to them already. They just stand out. They have a lot of players go to the NFL. When I graduate from there I know that if I don't go pro I would have a good job. I like how they make you take care of academics first."
Hearing from schools such as Mississippi State, South Alabama, Florida State, Troy, North Alabama and several others, Ford says that the Bulldogs, Trojans and Jaguars had offered before Auburn came on board with the one he wanted.
"I blended in just right," Ford says. "I love the coaches and the atmosphere. It was just what I wanted. I knew since the camp. They told me I was what they needed, not what they wanted. They made me feel like Auburn was where I needed to be. I jumped on it.
"I got my offer today," he adds. "I wasn't surprised. I felt like it was coming. Me and Coach Price have kept in touch since the camp. The way we had been talking he kind of eased his way into it. I knew eventually it would come."
A tremendous athlete with a best 40-yard dash time of 4.46 seconds, Ford is a three-sport star for the Saints and was dominant at Auburn's first senior camp in June. Rushing the passer off the edge, he was virtually impossible to block and looked very much like former Auburn standout Reggie Torbor with his play.
As a junior Ford made 13 sacks for St. Clair County High and also added 12 points and 10 rebounds a game as a forward in basketball. Throw in his time spent on the track competing in the 100 and 200 meter dash and you have a well-rounded athlete with a ton of upside. He says currently he's working on several things heading into his senior year.
"I want to improve my strength and speed," Ford says. "I also want to improve my composure and keep my mind set on my academics. If I can do that everything will be cool."
Ford says that he's done with recruiting after committing to the Tigers on Wednesday. Listening to his excitement following his decision leaves little doubt in my mind he's ready to be a Tiger officially next year.
"I'm so excited," Ford says. "I've already got my Auburn bags packed. I've got my Auburn hat. My family has has some Auburn stickers with my name on them. I'm the first guy in my family to play football in college so I'm carrying the load. My family was split between Auburn and Alabama, but now they're going to be Auburn."
Ford says he is an A/B student without really applying himself, but his goal is to be all A's as a senior. He is scheduled to take the ACT in September.