Texas wide receiver Roderick Ford has one more unofficial visit to make and then will be ready to make his commitment.
Ford, a 6-foot, 168-pound Class of 2017 prospect at Southwest High School in Fort Worth, has offers from Missouri, Houston, Bowling Green, North Texas, Tulane and Texas-San Antonio and has narrowed his decision to Missouri and Houston.
“I’ve got my mind made up already,” Ford told BlackAndGoldIllustrated.com.
But first Ford will make an unofficial visit to Missouri on Saturday, where the Tigers are hosting dozens of recruits as part of their first “Night At The Zou” festivities.
“I need to see if I can call that my home,” Ford said.
Ford, who recorded 4.63 40-yard dash and 32-inch vertical leap at The Opening regional in Dallas, said he’s looking to major in either sports management or business.
“I want to think about my future, like life after football,” he said. “I don’t want to just go in there and take my chances of going to the NFL if it don’t work out. So I’m looking at a 40-year plan not a four-year plan.”
Ford said Missouri has been involved with his recruitment for a few years, but it ramped up over the past few months.
“They were sending me stuff when I was a sophomore, like letters and stuff,” Ford said. “Then our new coach, Coach (Robert) Goebel, brought in Coach Finley, Coach Joe Jon Finley. He watched me during practice for 7-on-7’s and it just went from there.”
Ford said he talks to all of the coaches from Missouri.
What stands out most about the Tigers?
“The love they show,” Ford said. “They show me love than anybody I talk to. That’s one of the reasons why (I like them).”
Ford also likes a lot about the Houston program as well, starting with second-year coach Tom Herman and the energy he’s brought to the Cougars.
“I like everything there,” Ford said. “The new coach; the change that he brought in. I like everything about Houston.”
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