2017 San Pedro OL Nick Ford is set to visit Salt Lake City next week, and he spoke with Utezone.com about his upcoming trip and where he stands in his recruitment…
“I’m excited about my trip. Utah’s a good program. It’s Pac-12, it’s a good education, and the coaches are real nice. They’ve been treating me right and respecting me, so I’m just excited to get out there and see what Utah is about,” Ford said.
After a strong senior season as an offensive and defensive lineman, Ford has added offers from a majority of Pac-12 schools including Cal, Washington State, Utah and most recently Washington bringing his total to 18 offers. He’s also hearing from USC and feels an offer may be on it’s way, but with only three weekends left for official visits and Utah securing one of them, that certainly helps the Utes chances.
“Coach Shah is my recruiting coach, but Coach Harding is also talking to me as well,” he said. “I know that Coach Harding is a good offensive line coach and that he’s going to support you but at the same time he’s going to push because that’s what a good coach is supposed to do. He’s supposed to make you feel comfortable and at home, until you get on the field and he’s going to make sure you do it right and to his standards.”
While Ford is being recruited by most schools strictly as an offensive lineman, Utah is looking at Ford as someone that could play on either side in the trenches. “Utah offered me as an offensive line, but coach (Kyle) Whittingham and coach Scalley saw my tape at defensive line and the defensive coaches have been telling Coach Shah to recruit me to the defensive line, which is no problem for me!” Asked if he had a preference, Ford said “defense is where I feel most comfortable, because I’m in attack mode, but of course, I’m going to go where coaches feel I’m the best fit and just do whatever’s asked of me.”
As signing day approaches, that means a decision will be coming soon, and Ford has a clear understanding of what he’s looking for in the school he’ll commit to. “First and foremost, I want my degree, just a good education, so I’m going to stay until I get that paper. Then the environment, do I feel safe on & off campus, do I feel comfortable with the program as a whole. You know ever since I posted that I was visiting Utah, I’ve had nothing but people reaching out to me showing me love and supporting me, it’s been very comforting. Then after those two, I’m going to play football, so of course, a good football program.”
Utah has added commitments from three other offensive lineman, and Ford would be another good addition to an already solid class. With the opportunity to be moved to defensive line in a coach Whittingham defense, the strong academic emphasis from the coaches, as well as the family oriented focus, the Utes seem to be in a good position with Ford. This will be one to pay attention to for Ute fans.