Is Ford Still Committed to the Pack?

Pack Pride talks with S Elton Ford about the status of his commitment to NC State and reports of his interest in Arkansas.

NC State landed a verbal commitment from Chattahoochee (Ga) safety Elton Ford back in November over offers from Western Michigan and Middle Tennessee State and interest from Louisville, UNC, Central Florida and Michigan State. That commitment seemed to grow even firmer when Ford made his official visit to State back on Dec 14. He told Pack Pride after his trip, "My visit was real good," he said. "I got to see around campus and all the advantages of going to NC State. I liked the residential area where the players stay. That was real nice.

"I had a chance to spend a lot of time with the coaches and they are laid back. Like I said before, I really got good vibes from the DB coach (Mike Reed) and everyone was just laid back like I am. It really got me excited about coming up there in the fall."

However, things can turn around quickly in the world of recruiting and just a couple of days after returning home from Raleigh, Ford received a call from Arkansas offensive coordinator Paul Petrino and was offered a scholarship by the Razorbacks.

According to a report by HawgsIllustrated, Ford indicated he was interested in what Arkansas had to offer.

"Coach Paul Petrino called here on Tuesday and said they were interested in me and wanted to see a tape," Ford said. "So we got them one out, they watched it on Wednesday and said ‘we want you to be a Razorback.' I told them I was very interested in doing that."
With Ford's commitment to NC State possibly in doubt, Pack Pride was able to speak to Ford briefly on Sunday evening for the latest.

"They're (Arkansas) interested in me and I've talked to them but like I've said, I committed to NC State and I told them about it," said Ford. "They told me, don't worry about it. They asked if I committed to them (NC State) and I said, yea I am. It's just talk really. There isn't anything going on, really. They are trying to get me to come up there (for an official visit)."

News of Ford's possible interest in Arkansas didn't take long to reach the NC State coaching staff and Wolfpack recruiting coordinator Jerry Petercuskie had a chance to talk with him about his commitment to the Pack.

"Basically he said, you committed to us so we don't want you going anywhere else."

As a senior, Ford rushed for 593 yards and five touchdowns. On defense, he tallied 107 tackles, nine pass breakups and four interceptions. He was named Fulton County player of the year. Ford is rated a two-star prospect by Scout.com.


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