Nick Ford had grown tired of the sales pitches he received throughout the recruiting process, with 20 offers on the table. So he was pleasantly surprised when the Buffaloes' coaches were more laid back with their approach this weekend.
"They didn't really try to send a sales pitch my way, they just showed what they are about," Ford said when asked to recap his official visit to Colorado. "They are about family, academics and football."
Redshirt freshman Sam Bennion served as Ford's player host for the weekend.
"The family atmosphere at Colorado stood out," he said. "They had a real nice family atmosphere and some of the people out there really related to me on a bunch of different levels."
Ford knows he wants to play in the Pac-12. He will spend the next two days contemplating the pros and cons of Colorado, Washington, Cal and Utah.
"I am just going to think about what is best for me and talk it over with my loved ones," he said. "Recruiting has been an up-and-down crazy ride but I am just fortunate that I was able to go through it."
Ford plans to announce his college decision at his school on Wednesday, signing day, around 2:10 pm (MT).
A two-way starter for San Pedro, Ford is being recruited by the Buffaloes as a defensive lineman, while some other colleges see him fitting in on the offensive line at the next level. He has run the 100-meter dash in 11.2-seconds so his combination of size and speed is at an elite level.
His father played receiver at Cal.