Alex Ford: "Speech Got To Me"

One of the most wanted defensive tackles this recruiting season was big Alex Ford of Pearl River Community College. Ford is 6'2 300+ nose tackle that will make teams think twice about running up the middle.

How would you like to look up and see Alex Ford playing Linebacker? That is just what the huge DT played when he was in high school and is the reason coaches are so impressed with the strength and movement for a man that weights over 300 pounds.

This past season, Alex Ford helped anchor a defensive line that held opponents to 113.6 rushing yards per game. He finished the season with 68 tackles, 10 tackles for loss, 4.5 sacks, and a forced fumble.

"I took my official visit when ULM played Grambling", said Ford. I met several of the players and talked to most of the coaches. Coach Michel told me that ULM was looking for a player like me to come in and contribute to the team next year. He was straight forward with me man to man and I could tell he was sincere".

"Originally Coach Dickerson was recruiting me. When he left for Ole Miss, it almost changed my feelings about ULM. But like I said, Coach Michel and Coach Weatherbie put all my doubts to the side. Coach Weatherbie told me that I would be a real asset to the team next year. I took a lot of visits leading up to my commitment and ULM just showed me the most hospitality when I was there".

What sealed the deal for ULM? I'm not going to lie, it was Coach Manny's speech before the Grambling game. My coach at Pearl is more laid back and I had never heard a speech like Coach Manny gave before the game. It really got me fired up, I was looking for some shoulder pads to put on, joked Ford". That and I am really more comfortable in a four man front and that is what ULM runs on defense.

Ford will enroll at ULM this spring and look to gain his degree in History with a minor in physical wellness. Alex was being recruited by ULM, Kansas State, Alabama, Miami, Ole Miss, Marshall, and several division 1-AA schools.

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