"I like the school," said Ford. "It's a great school and a good opportunity. I know a little, but I'm doing research on them later. I'm going to check it out if I can get a visit over there."
Now that Central Michigan has entered the picture, Marques will begin to learn more about the Chippewas' program. Since CMU is relatively far from his Gibsonton home, Ford is not extremely well versed in the finer details of Central's program, but he is open to learning.
"I've talked to coach Moore and I'm pretty sure the head coach," said Ford. "They seem really interested and eager for me to come there."
After a standout junior season earned 3rd team All-State honors, Marques Ford picked up an offer from the Central Michigan last Wednesday, his 8th offer at the time. Since that time Marques has picked up offers from South Florida and Miami as well.
At 6'4" and 225 pounds, Ford had an equally huge year at defensive end for East Bay in 2013. Ford recorded 67 tackles, 17.5 TFLs, and 10 sacks as part of an eight win season that rested on a strong defensive effort from the Indians. East Bay allowed just 131 points over 12 games, an average of 10.9 last season.
"Individually I felt like I got better at my craft and I learned a lot of new things," said Ford. "I gained a lot of experience. As a team we made it farther than any other East Bay team so that's a big accomplishment."
"I am a pass rush player and I'm good at containing the quarterback and making sure they don't have a lot of time to get the pass off," said Ford.
Central Michigan joined Florida Atlantic, Miami, Rutgers and South Florida among others in the race for Ford's services. As a prospect hailing from the sunshine state, Ford is understandably excited about his recent offer from the Miami Hurricanes.
"As one of the more recent offers from Miami, they've been talking to me and sending letters since the beginning of sophomore year. That's one I've really been waiting on. I went to camp at Miami, and Rutgers is another really nice school so that's one that stands out too."
Ford indicates that with his recent offer in hand, a visit to Miami is a near certainty. It is the Scarlet Knights, however, who will get the first chance to impress Ford as he visits Rutgers this afternoon.
"I am visiting Rutgers," said Ford. "I want to check out the environment and the facilities they have."
Ford cites academics, athletics and the environment as factors that will weigh in on his decision, which is something that he also might wait on until National Signing Day next year.