Ford Receiving Interest From Oregon

Webb City (Mo.) offensive tackle Dalton Ford is attacking the camp circuit and some big programs are taking notice.

The last month has been productive for Webb City offensive tackle Dalton Ford.

After sending out his highlight film to schools three weeks ago, he picked up an offer from Illinois within a week. Since then, he's heard from other schools including Georgia State, Minnesota, and Missouri State.

Now it seems that Oregon is ready to join the fray for the 6-foot-5, 294-pound junior, following a 10 minute phone call that offensive line coach Steve Greatwood had with Ford last week.

"It was really humbling," Ford said of getting the phone call from Oregon. "Knowing that they don't recruit down here very often, it's a blessing for them to see my name and see my film and have interest in me."

There's been no talk of an offer yet, but Ford said he was invited to attend an offseason camp in Eugene this June. Greatwood could also pay the three-star prospect a visit in the coming weeks.

"He said he likes what I bring to the table and that he would definitely make a trip down this way this spring to meet me in person," Ford said.

The interest appears to be mutual, as Ford mentioned that he grew up watching Oregon games. Since then, he's been trying to learn as much about the school as possible.

"I've actually been following up and doing research on their training facilities," Ford said. "To me it seems like they have a really great campus and a great atmosphere over there."

Ford plans on attacking the recruiting process aggressively this offseason through the camp circuit. He recently attended Junior Day's at Missouri and Kansas State and plans on attending at least five more this offseason to get his name out there to other programs.

He'll get a chance to become more familiar with Illinois this weekend when he attends their Junior Day along with his family.

"I feel like it's going to be a great experience since they've already offered me and they're going to try to do everything to get me to come to their school and commit," Ford said of the upcoming trip.

Committing to a program early isn't a part Ford's mindset right now. He knows that with a whole season left to play, he'll have plenty of time to grow and develop as a player. But when he does make a choice, consistency will play a big key in the decision.

"I'm looking for loyal coaches," Ford said. "I want coaches that recruit me that are going to be there for four or five years, however long I'm there."

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