Keith Ford transferring to Texas A&M

Former OU running back Keith confirmed Thursday night he is going to transfer to Texas A&M.

Texas A&M coach Kevin Sumlin loves to tweet “YESSIR” after ever big commitment, and the Aggies landed a huge one Thursday night.

Former Oklahoma running back Keith Ford is going to transfer to Texas A&M, he confirmed to SoonersIllustrated.com via text message.

Ford, a former five-star recruit for the Class of 2013, announced he was going to transfer from OU last week. Within hours of his announcement, the Aggies became the huge favorite to land Ford.

Ranked No. 22 in the Scout 100 for the 2013 class, Ford looked like a budding star through the first three games last season.

He had rushed for 194 yards on 34 carries with five touchdowns and had eight catches for 90 yards with a touchdown. But after suffering a leg injury, he became out of sight and out of mind with the emergence of then-freshman Samaje Perine.

After returning later in the season, Ford said he never felt 100 percent physically or mentally the rest of the season.

Despite that, things were still positive with Ford and OU until the Sooners made a coaching change at running back. Cale Gundy had recruited and coached Ford, but Jay Boulware was moved from tight ends to running backs heading into the spring.

Boulware and Ford were unable to get along and Ford was eventually given an indefinite suspension by coach Bob Stoops.

Ford said last week he was granted a full release by OU, and he is in good academic standing. Ford’s transfer to the Aggies marks the second big-time running back to start in Norman and end up in College Station.

Brandon Williams did the same thing following the 2011 season in order to be closer to his family.

Ford, originally from Houston Cypress Ranch, rushed for 526 yards and six touchdowns during his two-year career that was plagued by fumbling issues and injuries. When healthy, Ford lived up to the billing of his recruitment. He said he is 100 percent healthy now and ready to get back to work.

Ford is ineligible for the 2015 season. But after sitting out this season, he'll be eligible for the 2016 season and will have two years of eligibility remaining.


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