Johnathan Ford camps at MSU

New Hope (AL) High School 2013 running back Johnathan Ford talks about his Mississippi State camp experience.

  • Name: Johnathan Ford
  • Classification: 2013
  • High School: New Hope (AL) High School
  • Position: Running Back
  • HT: 6-0, WT: 190
  • Ranking: 3-Star
  • Committed to Vanderbilt. Also had offers from nine other schools.

  • Ford, a Vanderbilt commitment, camped at Mississippi State Thursday and had a good time while learning a few new drills.

    "I liked the intensity of the camp today," said Ford. "I learned a bunch of new drills today. I like going against different talent. And I went against a lot of great bunch of guys that I faced at linebacker in the one-on-one drill. I had a good time today."

    Ford was impressive throughout the camp, from the beginning to the end.

    "(MSU running backs) Coach (Greg) Knox told me that he loved everything he saw from me today," said Ford. "He said I did a great job, a 5-star type job. (MSU linebacker) Coach (Geoff) Collins said I did an amazing job."

    Ford was not only impressive in the drills but he also ran well in the forty-yard dash.

    "I ran a 4.4 flat both times," said Ford. "That's consistent with what I normally run. I wanted to break into the 4.3s today but my hamstring was tight."

    It looks like Mississippi State will be the only camp he'll attend other than Vanderbilt.

    "Vanderbilt is the only other camp that I have attended," said Ford.

    When asked about his commitment to Vanderbilt, Ford said something that will be music to the ears of the folks in Nashville.

    "I am a solid commitment to Vanderbilt," said the youngster.

    Ford had a number of schools that were vying for his commitment prior to him committing to Vanderbilt.

    "Before committing to Vanderbilt, I also looked at Stanford, Georgia Tech, Memphis, Southern Miss, Mississippi State," said Ford, who has received 10 offers. "I was talking to Ole Miss at one time. I was also talking to Tennessee, Lance Thompson at Alabama, and Coach (Jeff) Grimes at Auburn. I also talked to Purdue and Minnesota."

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