Antonio Ford Battles Back

Coon Rapids (Minn.) running back Antonio Ford is ready to prove he fully recovered from a knee injury that plagued him last season.

"The Air Force Academy and the University of North Dakota have stopped by," he said. "I got a chance to speak with both of them and I heard that Minnesota came too and that Iowa State is coming soon."

Ford appears to be a top target for the Falcons.

"I'm one of the top recruits in the Midwest on their list and that they want to see me in camp this summer," he said about Air Force. "I'm planning on going to camp but I'm not to sure about the whole military deal."

While Ford is on the verge of landing offers, many coaches want to evaluate him in person before an offer is extended.

"A lot of the coaches I'm talking to are telling me that based on what I do in camp, is when they'll offer me due to the fact that I wasn't 100 percent throughout my junior season," he said. "So they're trying to see if I've bounced back from my injury.

"I had a third-degree tear in my MCL. I almost had to get surgery. It takes a toll on your speed and lower body strength, but I've recovered fully now and I have no problems whatsoever. I just recently one rep maxed 515 pounds on the squat at Velocity Sports."

The 5-foot-9, 204-pounder visited Minnesota earlier this spring for a practice and came away impressed.

"I attended their Friday Night Lights practice last," he said. "It was nice. I'd love to be a Gopher, I really like the way the coaches are and how they run stuff there. I was truly impressed."

While Ford would love to stay in state, he's willing to go anywhere if a school shows him genuine interest.

"I'll go to a school that shows the same amount of interest in me as I do them," he said. "I'd love to stay here in state but for the college that does pick me up, I'll treat them the best ever. But the ones that pass me up will see what type of student-athlete they've missed out on."

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