Ford gives the latest

2014 Dillon (SC) outside linebacker Damu Ford got his first offer from East Carolina in April and unofficially visited in June. Inside ECU Sports spoke with him about the latest.

ECU was the first and remains the only school to offer 2014 Dillon High School outside linebacker Damu Ford. The hard-hitting linebacker has been hard at work trying to get offers from other schools. He has been busy on the summer camp circuit and some programs have shown interest.

"Appalachian State is getting very close to offering," the 5-foot-11, 235-pound Ford said. "I've talked to wide receivers coach (Justin) Stepp on twitter and they like me. I've also talked to Marshall and I'm trying to go visit, but we just got finished with mini-camp and practice starts in two weeks. If I get time I may get out there."

Ford unofficially visited ECU in early June and followed up with a camp at Appalachian State. He thinks highly of both schools, but has a clear favorite.

"Between the two schools I like Appalachian State a little better," Ford said. "The coaches made me feel more at home. I like ECU too, but I felt more welcome at Appalachian."

Appalachian camp was a success for Ford.

"I thought I did really well there," he said. "I talked to linebacker coach (Mark Ivey), he told me I was doing really well. He also mentioned I looked good because I've lost 20 pounds. I'm at 235 pounds now."

Even with his main interests in Appalachian State, ECU is still Ford's only offer. He hasn't closed the book on the Pirates and still plans on visiting for their matchup against Virginia Tech inside Dowdy-Ficklen September 14.

It's been a long summer of working out and camps for Ford. He's been trying to improve on some key parts to his game that linebackers need.

"My footwork and vision are the two most important things I've worked on," Ford said. "As a linebacker, it's important I improved on those two things. I've also been working on what angles to take and how to take on blockers."

Dillon High School starts official practice in two weeks and Ford has his focus on the season. Recruiting will be on the backburner for the most part.

"I'm going to just chill and worry about the team and where we stand with our goals," he said. "All of the other pieces will fall into place."

As far as committing goes, Ford has made up his mind to wait at least until after senior season. He also said if more offers come in it could make the process longer.

Right now he is leaning toward committing to Appalachian if he gets his offer, but ECU is still high in this recruit's mind.

"I talked with my parents and feel like I'll wait," Ford said. "I'm getting pretty busy so I'll commit after the season at least. It all depends on the offers."


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