Ford Trucking Through Opposing Offenses

A recruiting report is featured on defensive end prospect Dee Ford.

Odenville, Ala.--Defensive end Dee Ford has only played two games as a senior, but it is abundantly clear why the Auburn Tigers offered the summer football camp standout a scholarship offer in July.

Helping his St. Clair County High team get off to a 2-0 start, the Auburn verbal commitment says he is pleased with his latest outing in a 48-7 victory over Ashville.

"I had 16 solo tackles and three sacks," he says. "I feel like I am playing very well. I am playing so well the other teams are concentrating so much on me and that opens up the other players on my team. They are double-teaming me on every play."

In his first game, playing just a half because his team had a big lead at intermission, Ford had seven tackles, one sack, a blocked punt and a blocked field goal.

After setting a personal record for tackles in a single game last Friday night, he got up early for a trip to Auburn to check out the Tigers' morning kickoff on Saturday vs. Southern Miss.

"I enjoyed the game," says Ford, who notes that he feels good about his commitment to Auburn. Commenting on Auburn's 27-13 victory he says, "It was very hot, but the game was still cool.

"I just loved the atmosphere," he adds. "When I got there I noticed all of the orange and blue. It was just very exciting to see."

Dee Ford is shown at a summer camp.

Ford, who has had a growth spurt, began high school as a cornerback, but is currently a 6-3, 205-pound defensive end who is still growing, but has kept his 4.46 40-yard dash speed. Soon after getting a scholarship offer from Coach Tommy Tuberville's team, he decided he wanted to play for the Tigers.

Next on the schedule this week for St. Clair County is a game against Alexandria, which Ford says should be a challenging contest.

Commenting on how he is playing, Ford says, "I have gotten better at my assignments. I have gotten better at learning what my coaches have been teaching me the last three years."



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