That wasn't the highlight of the day for Ford. The four-star defensive tackle left West Lafayette with an offer in hand.
"I think I impressed them a lot," Ford said with a smile after finishing camp.
That's quite the understatement. Ford, a native of Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, was the standout of Purdue's camp. The coaching staff took notice of Ford, giving him close individual attention. During the lunch break, he was taken on a tour of campus.
"The campus, really, it's just an amazing thing," said Ford. "There's so much history. They gave me a tour at lunch time and showed me the Neil Armstrong statute and John Purdue statue."
Ford saw everything on campus, from academic buildings to the football facilities. He got a good glimpse of what life at Purdue holds. One thing stood out in particular.
"It was just fun all around," Ford said. I really liked this campus. It's the cleanest I've seen so far."
Ford, a 6-foot-1, 275-pound prospect, holds offers from Arizona, Arkansas, Georgia Tech, Illinois, Kansas State, Louisville, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina State, Ohio State, Oklahoma State, South Carolina, Tennessee and UCF. Now, Purdue has entered the mix.
It's still far too early for the rising senior to decide what will make the difference in his recruitment, but he did admit that these visits will be essential in working toward one school.
Purdue made its strongest impression on Ford during his time on campus, with the offer now in hand serving as the highlight of the day.
Did the experience in West Lafayette make the Boilermakers a new option in Ford's recruitment? He didn't want to get into specifics just yet, but simply said, "It went great."