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.