Under head coach Chuck Amato, NC State has had limited success in South Carolina but that hasn't stopped the Wolfpack from recruiting the Palmetto State. One prospect south of the border that the Pack is keeping an extremely close eye on is tight end Cameron Ford from TL Hanna High School in Anderson, SC.
At 6-4, 215 pounds, Ford has been a major player for Hannah over the last two years. As a junior he caught 38 passes for 822 yards. So far in 2006 there's been no drop-off as Ford has caught 20 passes for 460 yards and eight touchdowns. He's also chipped in three touchdowns from his outside linebacker spot while helping lead his team to an early 6-1 record.
Ford made his third trip to NC State after making the trek to Raleigh for the Pack's matchup with Boston College. That trip helped solidify State as the front-runner for his commitment.
"The fans for that game were great, and they were really excited all the way until the end," said Ford. "It would be a fun place to play at. The facilities there are really nice and coach Amato is a cool, nice guy. Really, everyone I've liked everyone that I've met there.
"I've had a great time every trip I've taken up there. All the people I've met have been just great to me. These last couple of weeks they've really put things together, so I think they're in for a good run there."
"NC State is still my favorite right now," Ford added. "Vanderbilt and Georgia Tech are right there behind them, but State is at the top of my list. I'm still looking at Clemson and (South) Carolina too.
Why is NC State Ford's leader?
"The reason they're out front is because of the people I've met there and the guy that's in charge of academic support- I really liked him.
"Vanderbilt has great academics and a good coaching staff. Georgia Tech is a good school too, and they've had a lot of pretty good teams in recent years. They look good this year too."
Despite the Wolfpack holding what appears to be a commanding lead, Ford doesn't appear to be in any rush to make a decision.
"I'm probably going to wait until later in the year to make a decision," he said. "I really want to wait and see what other interest I get before I commit to anyone."
Ford has been rated as the No. 37 player in Florida and a two-star prospect by Scout.com. He projects as an outside linebacker or tight end on the next level.
"Wherever I go I'm just going to give it everything I have, every day," said Ford. "I'm a pretty physical player and I play with a lot of emotion. I just work hard, have fun and try to do my job, whatever that is."
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