Breaking Down Will Ford

Will Ford from Abilene Cooper is the latest player to make a commitment to Oklahoma as he became commitment number eleven after pulling the trigger this afternoon. Sooners Illustrated has more on his commitment and talks to some experts about what his commitment means for the OU recruiting class.

It seems like day after day there is a new surprise surrounding the Sooners 2009 recruiting class, and this afternoon they found out that they have indeed landed another defensive back to the fold when the 6-foot-0, 190-pound Will Ford from Abilene Cooper High in Texas announced his decision to sign with Oklahoma.

The announcement may come to the surprise of many, especially to SMU publisher James Bryant who just spoke with Ford last evening.

"I have been in the business for a long time with kids and nothing is surprising in recruiting," Bryant said. "I talked with Ford last night and he did not really mention anything about committing to Oklahoma. He said he did not really even have any favorites."

The commitment is big news as it may create a few questions about the status of three highly sought after in-state recruits: Gabe Lynn, East Central speedster David Gordon, and Daytawion Lowe, all defensive back prospects who hold scholarship offers from the Sooners.

"I do not think they would offer anybody unless they felt comfortable in their abilities to wear the Crimson and Cream," SI analyst Michael Swisher indicated.

"If any of those in-state guys were seriously considering OU then I would imagine that it would put some pressure on them. There is not too many more spots left at those positions."

Do not let the confusion of the in-state prospects fool you. All indications are that Will Ford is a prospect that you just cannot afford to wait on.

"Will Ford is one of the hottest properties right now with the way his stock has been rising everyone was getting ready to offer him," Texas Regional Manager Alan Zepeda reported. "All of a sudden he was the go to guy. Oklahoma got themselves a pretty good one."

"Last season he was listed as the second best prospect on the team and everyone was looking at another guy, but I mean everyone in the state was literally buzzing about this guy and were getting ready to step up with offers."

"He is a fast defensive back that has size. He is your cover corner that has size. It is hard to find a guy that has his type of speed with his size. I was going to be releasing a story tomorrow about the biggest risers in the Texas Top 100 and Will Ford was one of the guys at the top of my list."

Ford also has a strong belief in his abilities on the field.

"My speed and my hitting are two of my biggest strengths," Ford said. "I love to attack the ball carrier. I love to hit and I love the game of football."

Ford, who has been clocked with a 4.38 forty-yard dash, also held offers from schools like SMU, TCU, Texas Tech, Baylor and Nebraska.

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