Poona Ford says U of L "the place for me"

SPARTANBURG, S.C. - University of Louisville football commitment Poona Ford is practicing for the Shrine Bowl this weekend. The Hilton Head Island, S.C., native will participate in the event on Saturday. He spoke with Don Callahan of Inside Carolina on Wednesday for Cardinal Authority about his U of L commitment.

Poona Ford committed to the University of Louisville in August.

But recently the four-star defensive tackle from Hilton Head Island, S.C., has been getting attention from several schools, including in-state South Carolina.

The 6-foot-1, 275-pound Ford is in Spartanburg, S.C., preparing for Saturday's Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas and said he "still stands by my decision."

Ford said he is firm on his commitment and has one visit schedule – Jan. 17 to Louisville for an official visit.

"I was (looking around) at first," Ford said. "But I took some time and spent some time by myself and I know it's the place for me.

"Now, it's just Louisville."

Ford is ranked as the No. 23 defensive tackle in the country by Scout.com and picked the Cardinals in August over South Carolina and Tennessee.

"It's a beautiful place," Ford said of U of L. "I really fell in love with it when I went up there this summer. I just can't wait to get back up there again on my official. I'm excited to get back up there.

"South Carolina is mainly trying to make a push for me. My coach was showing me some stuff on the intent and stuff. But Louisville is my only visit."

A couple of big reasons that Ford said he's remained firm with U of L is his relationship with linebackers coach Brian Jean-Mary, the recruiting coordinator, and the chance for him to get some early playing time with the Cardinals.

"I had an in-home visit before I came here (with Jean-Mary)," Ford said. "Everything went well. My grandma really loves him.

"I really want some playing time freshman year. I want to be involved and not just be there. So, it's all cool with (Louisville)."

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