CLIFTON, Va. --- Devyn Ford, a four-star 2019 running back from North Stafford High, has already made a handful of visits to North Carolina.
The 5-foot-11, 179-pounder has attended football games, junior days, and camps on UNC's campus the past couple of years.
"They're a pretty good team," Ford said. "[I like] the way they use their running backs -- in the pass game, play-action, running the ball. I really admire that. When Elijah Hood was there, I could see what they did. And also T.J. Logan.
"It's a less-than-three-hour drive, so it's not that far from us.
"And then I had a good relationship with Larry Porter when he was there."
Porter's departure is exactly why Ford made his most recent visit to UNC. Earlier this spring, Ford attended a spring practice solely to meet DeAndre Smith, who filled Porter's RB coach vacancy.
"He's really energetic," Ford said of Smith. "He just told me that they need me, I'm a good 'back, and I could help the team."
After rushing for 1,865 yards and two dozen touchdowns as a freshman, Ford rushed for 1,107 yards and 15 scores last season.
Ford isn't finished visiting UNC. He plans to attend Fedora's Freak Show in June. Having attended last summer's Freak Show, he knows to come into the exclusive event with one goal in mind: to have fun.
"Pretty much, I'm going to be relaxed, because there's music playing and the coaches are coaching you up," Ford said. "You do a little 40-[yard dash] and the rest is just drills and getting to know the coaches and letting them coach you. So, just relax and have fun. Oh and there's dodge ball. My team lost [in the first round]. Hopefully my team will go further this year. I've definitely been working on my dodge ball game."
Thirty-two schools have offered Ford a scholarship, including Auburn, Clemson, Florida, Georgia, LSU, Miami, Michigan, UNC, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Penn State, Tennessee, UCLA, Virginia, and Virginia Tech. He plans to pare that list down to ten next February.
"It depends on who I have the best relationship with," Ford said. "Academics are important, too, and what my family thinks."
Ford says Clemson, Penn State, and Virginia Tech are locks to make his reduction to ten.
"It's the relationships [with those schools]," Ford said.
Sometime thereafter, Ford will cut his list of 10 in half.