4-Star DE Talks About Weekend in Auburn

A defensive end prospect talks about the new Auburn football coaching staff and his official visit to check out the Tigers.

Odenville, Ala.--Dee Ford, a Scout.com four-star defensive end prospect and a long-time Auburn verbal commitment, reaffirmed over the weekend that he will play his college football for the Tigers and did some recruiting of his own.

Ford tells Inside the Auburn Tigers that his official visit to check out new head coach Gene Chizik and his new Auburn coaching staff was an excellent one.

"I talked to a lot of the coaches over the weekend and got to know them better," Ford says. "Coach (Jimmy) Perry, Coach (Phillip) Lolley and Coach Chizik came to my house so I met them a long time ago. They are real good coaches.

"They are real down to earth, straight up with you," Ford adds. "I feel good about the whole coaching staff."

Ford was recruited to Auburn by the Tommy Tuberville staff and in particular Terry Price, the former AU defensive ends coach.

Price is now at Ole Miss and former Ole Miss defensive line coach Tracy Rocker is now at Auburn and will coach both the ends and the tackles.

"I like him," Ford says of Rocker, a two-time All-American defensive tackle at Auburn. "I believe him. He reminds me of Coach Price."

Ford, who says he is currently 6-3, 210 pounds, says that Auburn's coaches told him that he might get a look at linebacker, too. "He (Rocker) said I remind him of Demarcus Ware. He sees me on the edge." Ford points out that it really doesn't matter to him where he lines up.

The St. Clair County High star notes that he is impressed with Auburn's new head coach. "I like him a lot," Ford says. "He is excited about the future of the Auburn football and told me he really enjoyed his time at Auburn when he was there the first time. He told me a lot about himself and why he wanted to come back to Auburn. He told me that he plans to win big just like they did when he was here."

The Tigers were unbeaten in 2004, Chizik's final season at Auburn as defensive coordinator.

Ford notes that linebacker Josh Bynes was his player host for the official visit and that defensive end Michael Goggans spent a lot of time with him, too.

"We got to meet a lot of recruits who were coming in," says Ford, who notes that he had already talked to a lot of Auburn players on his unofficial visits to the campus. "It was just like home for me when I came back. I was just glad I got to meet a lot of people I will play with and some of the players."

Ford notes that Bynes took him to his apartment and talked to him about the Auburn program. "He was just telling me about how stuff works like the workout stuff and all of that," the high school senior says.

He visited the engineering department and had dinner on Saturday evening at Jordan-Hare Stadium. He notes the rainy, cold weekend didn't spoil the weekend at all.

"I had a great time and I tried to do some recruiting, too," he says. "I hung out with Nosa (defensive lineman Nosa Eguae from Arlington, Tex.) and he was with me most of the time. He had a really good visit and likes Auburn a lot."

Coming into the weekend, Ford was the only player verbally committed to the Tigers of the nine prospects who made the official visit. He notes that he made sure he told the others that he is excited about his decision to play at AU.

Ford is currently working on getting back to 100 percent physically after suffering a shoulder injury. "I have got to do some more therapy on it so I still have to rest it for a while," he says. "They told it should be all healed in three months so I will be ready to go when I come to Auburn this summer. I am excited about playing for Auburn. I am will be ready to get started."

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