CoachSpeak: Scouting Marques Ford

The highest rated prospect in the Rutgers 2015 class came on board Thursday night with the commitment of Gibsonton (Fla.) East Bay four-star defensive end Marques Ford. East Bay head coach Frank LaRosa spoke with Scout for an in-depth look on the newest edition to the Rutgers recruiting class.

After a tough situation led to Marques Ford’s decommitment from Tennessee yesterday, the talented four-star defensive end committed to Rutgers and the Big Ten Thursday night after a phone call with head coach Kyle Flood.

Ford checks in as the No. 30 defensive end in Scout’s 2015 rankings, and represents the highest-rated commitment in the Scarlet Knights’ class.

“What Rutgers is getting is a high-character kid who has a work ethic that's second to none,” said East Bay head coach Frank LaRosa. “They're going to get an outstanding, athletic specimen that will have a chip on his shoulder when he shows up on day one.”

The 6-foot-4, 220-pound Under Armor All-American selected the Scarlet Knights after a hectic 24-hour reopening of his recruitment.

“On the football field, he's relentless, has a high motor and has a competitive edge that is elite,” LaRosa said. “They like him at defensive end."

Ford fits into the Rutgers scheme as a defensive end with a combination of pass-rushing and ability against the run. He unofficially visited Rutgers during the summer, and is close with defensive line coach Jim Panagos.

“His biggest strengths I would say are his speed, ability to change levels with his pads, and obviously his high motor,” LaRosa said.

Ford has no official visits set for this weekend, with only Rutgers in his sights.

“He's going next weekend,” LaRosa said.


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