Ford talks Vandy

Johnathan Ford, who committed to Vanderbilt in mid-April, has been playing lights out in his senior season at New Hope (Ala.) High School. In just five games, the 6-foot, 190-pound running back has already rushed for more than 1000 yards and 15 touchdowns on the season for the Indians.

"Since the first game," said Jonathan Ford, "I've been blazing. In last Friday's game [with Good Hope] I had seven touchdowns but two were called back because of a block in the back or something. I owe all the credit in the world to my offensive line. We've improved together. I'm doing better in my movement with my lateral shift and getting vertical. I've just been working improving on all of the little things."

Ford has been keeping a close eye on the Commodores' season. He was in Nashville on an unofficial visit on September 15th for the Presbyterian game.

"Coach Franklin had come to my game on Friday night when we played Holly Pond," he said, "so I went up to see him on Saturday. The team's doing pretty good but Coach Franklin says the recruits that are coming in are the missing pieces. Once we get there it will be the total package. I've met a lot of the guys in my class like Taurean Ferguson, Johnathon McCrary, who we call Johnny Tsunami, Sean Spencer, and Nigel Bowden. I went to a couple of camps [at Vanderbilt] during the summer and got to meet them there."

Offers have come from Arkansas State, Minnesota, Mississippi State, Ole Miss, Purdue, and Stanford for Ford. As usually is the case with talented players like Ford, some schools haven't given up in trying to persuade Ford to take an official visit.

"I'm hearing a lot of Mississippi State and Arkansas State," Ford said. "I'm not sure if I'll take officials there or not. Right now I'm just enjoying the recruiting process. I'll definitely be taking an official to Vanderbilt, but I'm not sure about the date yet."

New Hope also uses Ford at slot receiver and in the wildcat. He has nine receptions for 131 yards and a touchdown with his 1010 rushing yards. He also is a special teams threat. In the Good Hope game, one of the touchdowns he had called back was a 55-yard punt return he took the distance. The Indians will play Pisgah next week in a regional battle.

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