Ford Remains Solid

NC State landed Elton Ford late last year but Arkansas and new head coach Bobby Petrino have been heavily pursuing the three-star prospect. Pack Pride has the latest on Ford and his recruitment.

As the weeks dwindle down headed to national signing day, the tug of war between schools to fill out their remaining slots reaches a fever pitch. S Elton Ford from Chattahoochee (Ga) High School has been caught up in a heated recruiting battle between NC State and Arkansas since the hiring of Bobby Petrino. However, Ford told Pack Pride on Tuesday evening that he's ready to put an end to the speculation over which college he will attend in 2008.

"I'm solid for the Pack," said Ford. "I met with the coaches from State last week and I've talked to them and they're just telling me that the Pack is where I need to be.

"I had been talking to the coaches at Arkansas and I've got to let them know. I pretty much just decided that I'm not going to visit there so I still need to tell them. For me, I'm planning to sign with State and I'm with the Wolfpack."

Ford's announcement would appear to put an end to quite a bit of speculation surrounding his recruiting over the last several weeks. At one point it appeared that he would follow through with an official visit to Arkansas. However, sources indicated that NC State likely would not have honored his scholarship offer if that visit occurred.

Rated a three-star prospect and the No. 38 weak-side linebacker in the nation by, Ford had better than 100 tackles and four picks this past season en route to all-state honors. At 6-2, 200 pounds, Ford will begin his career at safety for NC State.

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