Ford Excited About Terps Offer, Set To Visit

Upper St. Clair (Pittsburgh, Pa.) two-star Brandon Ford has a Terps offer.

The Terps handed out several offensive line offers Feb. 23, including one to a just-now emerging tackle from the Pittsburgh area. Upper St. Clair (Pittsburgh, Pa.) two-star Brandon Ford had one major offer from hometown Pitt and was thrilled to pull in No. 2 -- to say the least.

“I was so excited, so excited,” said the 6-foot-6, 285-pound Ford, who now holds verbals from UMD, Pitt, Akron, Toledo, ODU and Bowling Green. “I mean, how could you not be? It was such a cool offer, because it came out of nowhere. Coach [Randy] Edsall had come to see me play in the winter during the visitation period, and we spoke very briefly, but that’s been it since then.

“Then like out of the blue, Coach Stud [Greg Studrawa] followed me on Twitter [Feb. 23] and asked me to call him. So I did just that as soon as school was done, and [Studrawa] was saying how the staff loved my film, loved my potential, and they wanted to offer me. Then he passed the phone to Coach Edsall, and he pretty much said the same thing. The whole staff was really excited about me, and I was excited too.”

So excited that Ford actually considered, briefly, committing on the spot.

“We’ll see,” he said, chuckling. “You do think about things like that in the heat of the moment, but I’ve got some time. I was really pumped about the offer though.”

Ford has never been to College Park, Md., but he plans to visit for the first time in late March or early April with his parents and little brother. The Pittsburgh product has been through Baltimore, Md., before, as well as Washington, D.C., and called the areas “pretty cool. I think I’ll like it down there.”

“I’m looking forward to getting to Maryland and seeing what College Park is all about,” Ford said. “I mean, Maryland is definitely up there for me right now, because it’s one of my two power-five conference offers. So I want to get down to see them as soon as possible.”

The Upper St. Clair recruit may not have been through UMD before, but he does have a family friend who knows all about the Terps. He said former Maryland lacrosse player Brian Yates lives down the street from him, and the two chat often enough.

“One of my very good family friends was a very good lacrosse player for Maryland, and he was all fired up when I told him the Terps had just offered me,” Ford said. “He said he loved it there and I would too if I chose to go there. So that got me fired up even more (laughs).”

At this point, since he’s just had initial contact with Studrawa, Ford is still in the research phase in regards to UMD. He does know, however, that Maryland is a renowned academic school.

“I’m doing homework on Maryland as we speak, but like most Big Ten schools, Maryland is known for its academics, which is big for them,” Ford said. “Academics are one of the main things I’m looking for in a college, so that stands out [about UMD].

“And what kid doesn’t want to play in the Big Ten? It’s a prestigious conference – one of the best in the nation. So that’s big for [UMD] too.”

Don’t look for Ford to end his recruitment anytime real soon, though. He does have nearby Pitt right in the thick of things, while he suggested Penn State, Michigan State and Boston College could all be offering at some point.

Ford has visited the Panthers, Spartans and Nittany Lions before, and will be back at Pitt Feb. 24. After that, he’ll take in PSU’s junior day Feb. 28, followed by Maryland and Old Dominion in March.

“I don’t really want to say any favorites right now, because I want to see how this recruitment goes,” Ford said. “I’m kind of just playing things by ear. I mean, I didn’t have the kind of junior season I wanted because I was out the first three weeks with mono. So some schools, I think, were hesitant to look at me because my film wasn’t as good as it could have been. So we’ll see how things play out.”

Although he didn’t perform up to his own expectations, Ford admitted he has some upside.

Not that he likes talking about himself.

“Oh man, I hate saying positive things about myself,” he said, laughing. “But, you know, I guess I have good size at 6-6, 300, and I move pretty well for my size. I guess you could say my athleticism for how big I am surprises people. But there’s plenty of room to improve. I have to work on my footwork, my hands and my power off the ball.”

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