"Yeah, I was in Lincoln this weekend," Ford said. "I actually kind of liked the school. That was my first time being up there. The academics and their new athletic facilities all stood out."
"Yeah, I got to see a padded practice. Me being a lineman, I was really impressed with the line play that they had there; the blocking schemes, the way that the defensive linemen were stunting, ripping and swimming. It was all pretty impressive."
The coach responsible for recruiting Missouri for Nebraska is Coach Kevin Cosgrove. The past two years he has gone into St. Louis and pulled a player out of it. Ford got to speak to Coach Cosgrove as well as the offensive line position coach, Dennis Wagner.
"Coach Cosgrove is recruiting me. I got to speak with my position coach, Coach Wagner. Me and the rest of the junior lineman up there got to talk to him and he is a really great guy. He is a really good offensive line coach and he knows what he is talking about."
Ford isn't getting labeled as a particular position when it comes to being recruited. He prides himself on knowing all of the positions, being good at all of the positions and being good at run and pass blocking.
"I am being recruited as an offensive lineman. Not a guard or a tackle, just in general. I pride myself on playing every position on the offensive line and that is what I am being recruited as. I know that in college I am probably not going to play tackle, which I play now, because of the height advantages that tackles have these days. I haven't reached that height yet."
Vashon High School had a decent year last year, but narrowly missed the playoffs. Ford viewed the year a bit different personally and admits that things went better for him as a sophomore.
"Actually we went 6-4 and the previous year we went 7-4 and the year before that 8-3. We didn't make the playoffs this year. I felt that my sophomore year was my best year, so far. It felt kind of slow to me this year because I was doing new things. I am really picking it up though and things are going better."
"I feel my technique has reached a level that it hasn't in previous years. I am also a big guy and I can move. Also being able to dominate the line of scrimmage in run-blocking and pass-blocking."
Ford is getting a lot of recruiting attention from some serious powerhouses of division one football, but no offers as of yet. "A lot of people actually. I think that this is my third or fourth junior day. I have been to Missouri, Michigan State and I am going to Tennessee and Oklahoma. I am also being recruited by Notre Dame and Illinois. No offers yet, but one could be on the way."
The thought for the rest of the summer is to spread the wealth a little bit and make an effort to get out and see the schools that he couldn't get to their spring game or their junior day. "I was looking into camps at some of these certain universities and I am also looking into at training with people and possibly taking some unofficial visits this summer. You just can't make it to every junior day."
Beyond the junior days, spring games and unofficial visits, Ford will be staying busy with camps. He is looking for camp experiences that will help him learn things that he didn't know before and put that cherry on top of his game. One of the schools that seems to be in-line for a camp visit is Nebraska.
"I am just looking for the best camps to push me over the top, to get me to the next level and teach me something that I haven't learned so far. I definitely think that I will be heading back to Nebraska for a camp. I have an Adidas combine coming up. I have been looking at the Nike combine, but I am not sure if I have an invitation for that one yet or not. I don't know where I stand with that."
Ford admits that he is wide-open and hasn't started narrowing things down at all. He does know what he will be looking at when it comes to making his decision though. "I am going to look at the academics, the graduation rate, the job placement rate, how the players and the coaches gel together, the work ethic and a couple of other things. There are core things. Little things like location aren't that important to me."