Gibsonton (Fla.) East Bay defensive end Marques Ford said that he is “110 percent” committed to Rutgers and “completely ready” for National Signing Day after leaving Sunday morning from his official visit.
The four-star Ford de-committed from Tennessee and committed to Rutgers in a hectic 24 hours last week. After his official visit to Piscataway, Ford and family are “all Rutgers.”
“I know for a fact that this is where I need to be now,” Ford said. “It’s just a family. They’re closer than other teams. The relationships with the coaches, I can see that. This program’s on the rise and I want to be a part of that.”
Rutgers was one of the first schools in on Ford, who held more than 30 verbal scholarship offers. The Scarlet Knights stayed on him after a Tennessee commitment, and were first in line to see him after he and the Volunteers parted ways.
“It means a lot that they were there,” Ford said. “It means they really are excited about me, and I have no doubt I made the right choice now.”
Ford said he and his family have a close relationship with defensive line coach Jim Panagos. An in-home visit with head coach Kyle Flood also proved interesting for the family last week.
“Coach Panagos is a great coach, and I can’t wait to get over there and let him coach me,” Ford said. “I really like the [coaching staff]. They’re a family.”
Former Scout five-star defensive tackle Darius Hamilton hosted Ford on his official visit.
“He seemed like a great guy,” Ford said. “He talked to me a lot. I really liked him. I respected him.”
Ford plans to sign with Rutgers Wednesday morning during a high school ceremony.