North Carolina pledge D.J. Ford had a breakout senior season for Lineville (Ala.) Central of Clay County. When his performances were put to highlights, the UNC staff saw a 6-foot-4, 190-pound safety who excels in run support and pass coverage thanks mostly to his hard hitting nature.
When he identifies run, Ford sifts through traffic, fills quickly, and is strong on contact. When making the tackle, he sacrifices his body and will deliver jarring hits.
Ford isn’t the fastest nor the most fluid DB, but he compensates for those shortcomings with his length and ball skills. He can thank his ball skills to extensive experience as the team's go-to receiver.