On a visit to Iowa City this weekend, Jason Ford committed to the Hawkeyes. After arriving slightly late for a visit on Saturday, he informed the Hawkeye coaching staff on Saturday that he wants to be a Hawkeye.
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Jason Ford, who was the second player to commit to the Hawkeyes when he made his choice in June, was having some second thoughts. In October, Jason began to take calls from other coaches, looking around at his options. After visits to a few other schools, as well as two more visits to Iowa City, Jason has settled back in as a part of the Hawkeyes' 2008 recruiting class.
"It went real well. I liked it a lot, I had a good time," Ford said of his most recent visit. "I made it solid."
Jason said he had been looking for a place that felt that same each time he visited. After visiting for the Iowa/Illinois matchup several weeks ago, he returned for another unofficial, and made his choice early on.
"I got there a little late, so I didn't get a chance to talk to them until right before the game," Ford said. "I talked to the coaches when I was on the sideline, told them then.
"They were just relieved. They were happy that I'd made my decision back there."
Ford said that his visit for the Iowa/Illinois game was really good, and this one went better. He said the relationship with the coaches improved, and he still had the same feelings about Iowa, so he decided to pull the trigger.
Kansas and Illinois had been putting the most pressure on Ford, trying to work into the picture, but he hasn't heard from them yet this weekend.
"I think most of [the other coaches] know, just because they haven't called yet," Ford said.
Ford, who finished the year with over 1700 yards and 20 touchdowns, looks to have a shot to come in and find immediate playing time. Iowa currently has one returning scholarship running back, current true freshman Jevon Pugh. Shonn Greene hopes to return to the team, but his academic situation is waiting to clear up.
"They say I have a real good chance to come in and get some playing time, if I come in, work hard, and do what I'm supposed to do," Ford said.