NU visits junior quarterback

Northwestern assistant Bob Heffner stopped by Cedar Cliff (Pa.) High School to visit with junior quarterback Andrew Ford. It was described to the talented southpaw how he could obtain a Northwestern offer. PurpleWildcats provides the details of the in-school visit.

Andrew Ford gladly welcomed a visitor at school on Wednesday; Northwestern assistant coach Bob Heffner stopped by Cedar Cliff (Pa) High School to visit the junior quarterback.

"It was awesome," Ford said of the visit. "Anytime a coach from a college like Northwestern comes in, it's great."

The last time Heffner saw Ford, he was just a sophomore throwing to five-star tight end prospect Adam Breneman—a Northwestern prospect at the time. Since then, NU coaches have not visited the 6-foot-3, 180-pound quarterback.

Ford used the meeting with Heffner as fuel for his offseason workouts.

"To see the interest they have is great for me," he said, "it kind of motivated me to keep pushing this offseason."

Thus far, Ford has not yet received a scholarship offer, but has seen steady interest coming from Northwestern, Michigan, Notre Dame, Pittsburgh, Rutgers, Virginia, and others.

Northwestern is showing it's close to extending an offer, after being impressed with Ford's highlight video, but will wait till seeing him throw in person. Heffner and NU offensive coordinator Mick McCall plan to evaluate him during the spring.

"You have to see the arm strength, you have to see the intangibles," said Ford. "I'm not pressing. I'm going to let it take course."

For Ford, the intangibles come in his ability to lead a team, he feels.

"You have to be smart," he said. "You have to be a leader on the field and in the classroom."

If Ford can prove his skill set is as advertised, he'll land the offer from Northwestern.

Chris Emma has covered recruiting, college athletics and professional baseball for FOX Sports Next since 2009. Emma covered the Nebraska Cornhuskers for Big Red Report, and currently covers the Northwestern Wildcats. He resides on Chicago's north side.
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