Damu Ford visits ECU

2014 Dillon (S.C.) outside linebacker Damu Ford made it up to East Carolina last weekend to attend a camp. Bradley Harwood spoke with him about it and his recruitment.

Damu Ford OLB, 5-11, 240 lbs, Dillon High School, Dillon, South Carolina

Dillon High School outside linebacker Damu Ford finished up his junior year and visited ECU last weekend to start his summer.

"My dad and I went up there for a camp on Sunday," Ford said. "I registered first and then we did the 40-yard dash, broad jumps, benching, selected drills and finished with one-on-ones. I felt I did pretty well, and I shocked myself with a 4.6 (seconds) in the 40-yard dash."

The Pirates are still Ford's only offer, but he's been hearing from other schools.

"I've heard from Appalachian State and Marshall, but no other offers yet," Ford said. "I think I'm going to camp at Clemson soon. Right now I'm just laid back and plan on going to camps and hopefully talking to more coaches soon."

Visiting ECU was beneficial for Ford.

"The visit helped," he said. "I met the defensive coordinator (Rick Smith) and he gave me some insight about the team. He also told me that I would be a good fit for the program. I had a good time while I was there."

Ford has been working hard to make sure his senior year is a memorable one.

"My speed is something I'm really focused on improving," Ford said. "I'm trying to make sure my senior year is the best year I've had. I want to drop to 235 pounds, I've got to feel good to do good out there on the field."

ECU has a good chance to get this recruit, especially since they're his only offer.

"That's where I will end up if I don't get any more offers and I would be happy with it," he said. "I'm going to make it up to Greenville to see them (ECU) play Virginia Tech in the fall. I'm excited to get a game-day experience."

Ford went off last season and finished with 149 total tackles. He plans on having another big season next fall, with an emphasis on teamwork.

"The number one goal is to go back to the championship and win it," Ford said. "I want to have another 100-tackle season and reach 10 forced fumbles. I also want to be the leader on the team that my coaches want me to be. I have to leave a good impression on the younger guys especially since it's my senior year."

As far as committing goes, Ford still plans on being a ‘middle of the pack' kind of guy. He would like to make his decision some time after his senior season and doesn't plan on waiting until signing day. Offers could change the timetable for his commitment, but right now the Pirates are on pace to add this linebacker to their 2014 class.


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