With the mid-year signing date closing in, Lackawanna College (PA) quarterback Andrew Ford is drawing closer and closer to a decision with each passing day
The 6-foot-3, 211-pound quarterback, who Iowa State offered last Wednesday, has heard from a number of schools in recent weeks and took a step forward in the recruiting process with an official visit to Ames during the weekend.
“Right now we’re just really, really happy with everything we saw on the visit,” Ford said. “Iowa State set the bar pretty high. That was hands-down the best visit I’ve been on including high school and the visits I’ve taken here. They just set the ball really high, made my dad and I feel very, very welcomed. We had high expectations going into it and they exceeded those expectations.”
Originally a member of Virginia Tech’s 2014 class, Ford redshirted his initial collegiate season before transferring to Lackawanna last summer. In his redshirt freshman season there, Ford went 110-of-195 (56.4 percent) passing for 1,764 yards and 23 touchdowns to six interceptions.
Since the conclusion of Lackawanna’s season, Ford has seen strong interest. Colorado, Pittsburgh, Arizona State and others showed initial interest and more have come in since Iowa State offered last week.
“Right when I got there, Coach [Todd] Sturdy and I sat down and watched a little bit of film from this year and he just showed me what they’re doing right now and what they’re trying to get to with the personnel they have and the guys they’re recruiting and really where they see this offense going the next coming years,” Ford said. “It was all things I really saw myself doing whether that be in high school or here at Lackawanna. It seemed like a really good fit for my skillset.”
What does Iowa State see him doing?
“Coach Sturdy was telling me you’re going to base your offense around the style of guy you have at quarterback,” Ford said. “Joel [Lanning] likes to tuck the ball and run a little bit more, so that’s what they do with him. At the same time, if I’m the guy, they don’t have to wholesale change their offense. They can still use the same concepts and style of attack if I’m at quarterback.”
Ford said he didn’t take any calls or talk to any other schools during his visit, giving sole focus to Iowa State. His head coach and offensive coordinator at Lackawanna were hearing major interest and the plan is for the trio to begin sorting through that this week.
The current plan is to take one or two more visits — likely within the next two weekends as his decision nears — to help make his decision.
“Right now I’m just probably going to take two more visits. I haven’t set those up yet. I’ll probably do that sometime this week,” Ford said. “That’s not because I’m not happy with what I saw at Iowa State, that’s because now we know what Iowa State has to offer and here’s the bar, now we can compare other schools to it.”
Ford visited Virginia Tech in high school and was ready to commit, but his father wanted him to see another school to compare. He visited Pittsburgh the next weekend and ultimately committed to Virginia Tech.
“I kind of see the same process right now where I really see myself at Iowa State but I’m going to take another visit to see after that visit if I feel the same way about Iowa State as I do right now,” Ford said.
Ford is uncertain what school or schools he might visit in the coming weeks but plans to see who has genuine interest and who is coming in because of others. He’ll likely do his visits within the next two weeks before making a decision ahead of the Dec. 16 date.
Paul Rhoads told Ford he’d likely visit him around Dec. 6 or 7.
“We’re going to meet with him then,” Ford said. “That’s probably the timetable I told him and he was very respectful of that and very understanding and we’re going to talk as much as we can here and when he does come up it’ll be close to that decision time so that’ll be a really important day for this whole process.
“After this weekend I’m pretty confident I’ll be making a decision the first week of December, maybe early second.”