With just one commitment in the class of 2014 and none in 2015, Butler continues to search for players to add in both classes. The Bulldogs have been aggressive pursing big men in the class of 2015 and one of the early offers was to Saint Petersburg (FL) Gibbs center Sajon Ford.
"I just got my phone like 3 weeks ago," Ford explained. "Florida Gulf Coast was the only school that personally contacted me."
Ford isn't your typical post player, which has led to increased interest. He enjoys stretching the floor and facing up to the basket. He has extended his range beyond the 3-point line and showed improved athleticism this spring. He continues to fee his way into his new, taller body, and must improve his strength and agility as a near 7-footer.
"My strengths are my good IQ, good shooting from anywhere, good passing from anywhere, average post and handling skills," Ford said. "Weaknesses are physical strength and vertical jump, but all my strengths and weaknesses will be improved."
One of his four offers is from Butler, who he has had little direct contact from. Schools have mostly been talking with and showing interest through his AAU coach, Aaron Holmes.
"I don't know any interesting facts about Butler," Ford said. "I recently got a cell phone so I was never called personally by a coach. The only player I really got to see from Butler was Gordon Hayward and I really like his game. In my opinion our games are kinda similar. Oh yeah and Devontae Morgan from Tampa Prep. He has a nice game. Very athletic."
Ford looks forward to hearing more from Butler this coming fall and learning about the Bulldogs.
With the early interest Ford will have plenty of options to weigh when making his decision. One aspect that will play a big role is his family, who he is extremely close to, and also location.
"I'm from a big, Christian family that consists of seven brothers and three sisters," Ford explained. "Although I'm considering all schools that are recruiting me, being in Florida is an important factor, but I'm considering all schools."
While Ford is getting used to the attention and starts to sort through his offers, he also has to focus on his upcoming junior season, where he looks to improve greatly. Ford averaged just 1.9 points and 2.2 rebounds per game last season after earning a spot as a starter as a sophomore, but didn't play the last half of the season.
"This season I'm looking forward to improving my game and winning a state championship," Ford said.
Butler currently has offers out to two other post players in the class of 2015 in Derrik Smits (IN) and Nate Fowler (OH). The Bulldogs currently have no commitments in the class of 2015.