Semper Fi: Poona Ford

Poona Ford committed to Louisville in August. The Hilton Head (S.C.) defensive tackle spoke with Scout.com about his decision to join the Cardinals, recruitment and more.

Poona Ford is participating in the Semper Fi All-American Bowl this week.

The four-star defensive tackle is looking forward to the experience.

"I'm really excited," said the 6-foot, 290-pound Ford. "It's an honor being that my uncle is a marine. I just want to have fun."

Ford has been committed to Louisville for nearly five months.

"That's where I felt the most comfortable," he said. "I felt like I was at home and wouldn't have to worry about being homesick. Everything about Louisville is amazing."

The Cardinals' coaching staff played a large role in his decision.

"They played a big part in my decision," Ford said. "They treated me like I was family.

"I'm really excited to have a chance to play for coach (Charlie) Strong. He's done a really good job. And the way I look at it, is there shouldn't be anything but success in the future."

While his commitment is firm, that has not stopped an in-state school from pursuing him.

"South Carolina is still recruiting me," he said. "At one I was reconsidering them. That was only because I heard a rumor about Strong taking the Texas job. But I don't think he is. My commitment is real solid."

Next, Ford will take his official visit to Louisville on Jan. 17. However, his main focus is having a successful week against some of the best players in the country.

"I want to earn a starting spot on Sunday," Ford said.

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