Welcome to OU: Cody Ford

Freshman likes Sooners' pedigree with offensive linemen

They’re no longer commits. They’re no longer signees. They are now freshmen at Oklahoma, and Sooners Illustrated caught up with the majority of the 2015 class one last time before they arrived on campus.

Up next is offensive lineman Cody Ford.

Pineville (La.) High OL Cody Ford (6-4, 315, No. 31 OG)

The story: Ford was a late find for the Sooners. Originally committed to TCU, it was until midway through the summer where the OU coaches pounced on Ford. Following his August commitment, there was some potential of Ford flipping to LSU. However, he stuck with OU until the end and there was no drama down the stretch run ‘til signing day. – Bob Przybylo

Did you think you were going to sign with OU when you got the offer?

Yes. I was waiting on them to offer me, let’s just say that. Once they started contacting me, that was the school that I was waiting for.

Why were you waiting for OU?

As you see, they had three lineman drafted and two sign as free agents. That’s my goal. I’m trying to shorten my time, I guess you could say. Oklahoma is going to help me do that.

How did you know OU was the place for you? When were you sure?

When I took my visit. Coach (Bedenbaugh) had come to my school. He had talked about the campus and the feel. I wanted to feel it myself.

Do you have a jersey number yet?

I talked to him, and he said I might keep 74. We’ll see.

How about a roommate?

Dominique Hearne.

The recruiting process can be kind of long for some guys, but what was the toughest part for you?

I’d say – of course the decision – but the traveling. The teams that contacted me were pretty far away.

What are you looking forward to the most about OU?

Just starting a new life – new people, new friends and stuff like that. Football will always be there. The people I’ll be around, that’s what I’m looking forward to.

Does that have you a little nervous too?

Yeah. It does.

Do you know what you want to study yet?

Secondary education.

Why teaching?

So I can coach at the high school level.

Any particular subject that you like?


Which assistant coach would you say was the most influential in you signing with Oklahoma?

Coach (Josh) Heupel. He was always that coach that was kind of funny. He knew when to get serious. He showed me that they wanted me, and I liked that.

How did you feel when Heupel left?

It was kind of heartbreaking.

If you weren’t coming to Oklahoma, where would you have been?

If OU had never come into the picture, I would have chosen Mississippi State.

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