Commitment update: Poona Ford

The University of Louisville has 25 verbal commitments in the Class of 2014. Cardinal Authority will be checking in with those prospects throughout the season. Here's a look at Hilton Head Island High School standout Poona Ford.

One of the top ranked commitments in the Class of 2014 for the University of Louisville football team, Poona Ford is no stranger to big numbers.

The 6-foot-1, 275-pound Ford, a defensive tackle from Hilton Head Island, S.C., High School, had 154 tackles, 44 tackles for loss and 10 sacks in his junior season.

As a senior, Ford had started strong.

Ford has 50 tackles, 10 tackles for a loss and about six sacks, while also contributing on the offensive side of the ball as a fullback. He had his best game of the season last week with three touchdowns on 51 yards rushing, four tackles for a loss and a pair of sacks in a win over rival Bluffton.

"We can't do much better," Ford said. "We started our season undefeated going into regional play. It can't get much better than that right now.

"I wouldn't say I have done my best but I am just trying to do things that will help the team win. It's all about the team."

Ford, who picked U of L over South Carolina and Tennessee, was the 24th commitment in the class – which now has 25 – and is among 11 defensive players committed to the Cardinals.

While he's not worried about his personal statistics, Ford said he feels like he is a better all-around player than last season.

"I have gotten better, mostly my athleticism," he said. "I can move around a lot more. I am still trying to get stronger before I report."

Ford said he is "hoping" to graduate early and enroll at U of L in January, but he said he's "not totally sure right now."

But he is certainly glad he picked the Cardinals.

"I visit Louisville every chance I get," he said. "I really like the coaching staff and the program. I am just really happy with the decision I made.

"I am excited to get there and just want to work hard."

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