Pahokee DT Antonio Ford Names Top Four

Antonio Ford is a talented defensive tackle prospect from talent rich Pahokee that holds more than 15 scholarship offers. Ford made an unofficial visit to USF last week and has a new top four. Read on and see where the Bulls stand. Stay informed with

When you're looking to restock your team with quality recruits, you got to go where the players are, and Pahokee is where they're at. The Blue Devils, who have five state titles the last six seasons, once again have a roster packed with Division I talent, and one of them is Antonio Ford, a talented 6-foot-3 interior line prospect with long arms, quick feet, and is pretty active inside for a big man.

"I'm strong, quick for my size and I'm a hard worker," said Ford. "I'm working on getting bigger and faster."

The versatile linemen plays both ways for the Blue Devils and rarely comes off the field for a Pahokee football team that should make a solid run at title No. 6 in 2009.

"I've just been working out, lifting weights and going to a few camps," said Ford. "This is my senior year and I want to make it count."

Ford said he recently went to the Florida camp, and also went to FIU camp, but recently went up to South Florida with teammates DeJoshua Johnson, Richard Ash, Corey Hill, and Greg Dent from Glades to check out the bulls this past Monday.

"It was nice, I really liked it," said Ford. "I liked the atmosphere, the coaches and how they care about the players." "I also liked how the players acted with each other. They looked like they have a lot of fun."

Ford says he's been there before but never got a chance to check out the football facilities and really see the school.

"I've heard a lot of good things about the program and wanted to check it out o a visit," said Ford. "Everything is new, and the facilities are really nice. They had all these TV's playing highlights and also all they're records, tackles and that kind of stuff. It was pretty cool."

The talent group of Palm Beach County prospects spent the night, and also got to see the team during their midnight practice.

"That was cool and they had a lot of fun doing it. They were playing dodge ball, and had a slip and slide going down the hill. They were all wearing face paint, and one dude had his whole body painted white. They looked like they having fun and are real close."

While on campus Ford and his teammates spent most of the time with their recruiting coordinator Kevin Patrick and also got to meet Bulls Head coach Jim Leavitt. "Both coaches are nice guys and were really cool to talk with," said Ford. "They were telling how much they want me up there."

Ford, 6-foot-3 and 272 pounds is being recruited as an offensive and defensive lineman, and currently holds around 15 offers including Vanderbilt, Tennessee, Wake Forest, Louisville, Colorado State, Purdue, Minnesota, Rutgers, Southern Miss, and Oklahoma State. Plus a few other schools are close to offering.

"The schools that offered are mostly recruiting me at defensive tackle, but a few like me at center. I could play on either side, but I prefer to play on the defensive side."

With over fifteen impressive offers, Ford mentioned that he does have a list of favorites that stick out right now.

"Yeah, I have a top four that I like,' said Ford. "I like Wake Forest, Vanderbilt, USF and Purdue."

"I'm looking for education, playing time, and atmosphere," said Ford. "All four schools have that, and are similar in a way." Ford also added, "Wake is like the education school, a degree from there could set me up for life. One thing about USF is it's close to home, and I wouldn't have to travel far to go back, or my family to come see me."

Ford also said that he and his teammates talked about possibly playing together at the next level. "Yeah we talk about it. We have some of the same offers, USF, Tennessee, West Virginia, Purdue, FIU and some others have all offered. We'll see how that goes."

Antonio also said he's started to make a list of what schools may get official visits this fall.

"I'm thinking about going to Minnesota, Purdue, and Vanderbilt so far. I'm not sure on the rest. I'm not sure if I'll visit the Florida schools because I've seen the two that offered me, but I don't know yet."

Don't look for an early decision from the Pahokee standout, as he plans to take his visits this fall, "I'll probably make my decision in the middle of the season, before the playoffs," said Ford.

Inside the classroom Ford claims a 2.8 GPA and a 20 on the ACT. He also plans on being a December graduate.

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