Ford bringing 'athleticism' to Vols' D-line

Marques Ford attacks quarterbacks for East Bay High in Florida. Now, the Scout three-star plans to do the same for the Volunteers.

Bringing down the opposing team's quarterback got that much simpler for Tennessee.

Second-year coach Butch Jones accepted the verbal commitment of Marques Ford during the second "Orange Carpet Day" event of the summer.

Ford told InsideTennessee that the "coaching staff and the facilities and the academics" are what attracted him the most to becoming a Volunteer.

"It's rising and fast," Miller said of Tennessee.

The Scout three-star prospect says it is his "athleticism" that should get Big Orange Country fired up about his commitment. After three-star cornerback Darrell Miller pledged earlier Saturday, Ford soon followed. With the pair of defenders, Tennessee now has 22 commitments for its 2015 signing class.

The East Bay (Fla.) High School standout chose the Big Orange over offers from schools such as Clemson, Louisville, Miami (Fla.), Mississippi State, Ole Miss, Virginia Tech and Wisconsin.

The 6-foot-4, 220-pounder's go-to is the swim move. With his edge speed, he has the ability to run around slower offensive tackles.

In 2013, Ford racked up 67 tackles, 17 1/2 tackles for loss, 10 sacks and two forced fumbles. He will be a three-year starter for the Gibsonton, Fla., school after starting 11 times as a sophomore.

Since the spring, Ford placed ample time on packing muscle onto his frame and is noticeably thicker heading into his final prep season. He still has the frame to pack on at least 25 more pounds without losing speed, especially onto his lower half.

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Danny Parker is currently the Managing Editor, Recruiting Analyst and Staff Photographer for He was previously the sports editor at Shelbyville Times-Gazette. He joined the Scout team July 2011.
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