There are already 24 offers in for North Stafford (Va.) four-star athlete Devyn Ford. And this fall, he’s getting a better sense of some of his options. Some of those are for running back, while others are looking at him as a defensive back.
Ford got a peak at a few schools over the summer on a few trips. Last weekend, though, he took his second college visit over the past few weeks, for Virginia Tech’s season-opening win over Liberty.
More visits are on the way, as Ford tries to get a feel for what appeals most to him.
“The most important is the comfort with the coaches, if I can build a relationship, then of course, academics and what I’m gonna major in (engineering),” he said. “Football-wise and what scheme they run, I look at that.”
The visit Ford made to Blacksburg Saturday was his second over the past few months there and fourth overall. He said he also visited in June with his father and his coach. But this trip gave him another peak at what the Hokies’ game days are like.
“The visit was pretty good,” Ford said. “Me and the coaching staff, I’ve been talking to Coach (Justin) Fuente and he’s been telling me how the school is. He was telling me how to prepare me for life after school. Then, in the stadium and with the fans, just the excitement and energy, everyone was all in. I liked how they did in the tackling drills, running drills. I watched and we do the same thing in practice and pre-game. Then, the food is pretty good. I just had a good time up there.”
Ford made the visit with a pair of his teammates, 2018 Scout100 offensive lineman Nana Asiedu and 2020 wide receiver Javon Swinton. After the game, the three of them spoke briefly with a few of the coaches, including defensive coordinator Bud Foster.
“They said the program was great and had good academics,” Ford said. “They just told us everything about the program, how they did things and how they want the best for us. They said we have an opportunity to make the team better, pretty much.”
After multiple trips to Virginia Tech, Ford said he has a good sense of what to expect there. He also camped last summer and was on hand for coach Frank Beamer’s final home game in November.
“Overall, it’s a good school,” Ford said. “It’s a great football team, coaches, everything is nice. It’s all pretty good from my perspective. The coaching staff seems solid. Coach Fuente is gonna change the program, get them to where they were before and the players. Everything else seemed pretty good.”
A few weeks ago, Ford took in another quick trip, to Virginia. Along with Asiedu and Swinton, they were on hand for a fall camp practice.
“They have a new coaching staff and a couple more guys,” Ford said. “Coach (Bronco) Mendenhall is very different from most of the coaches I’ve talked to. One time he sat down with me and talked about stuff other than football, like character, talking about grit and everything. It was just more of a mental thing, like not what I can do physically, but what I can do mentally. That was a change of pace with coaches.”
This summer, Ford took in a number of visits with Asiedu. They went to Clemson, Auburn, Alabama, South Carolina and North Carolina. One school has come at Ford a bit harder, though, in the early going.
“I believe that Clemson is recruiting me pretty hard, sending letters, giving me updates,” he said. “Notre Dame sent me stuff (Saturday) night, like a poster. Then, I had one earlier this week from USC. They sent me mail and told me I need to get out there. Mostly, Clemson as of right now.”
Clemson is among the schools who are looking at Ford primarily on defense. And while Ford still has visits coming, including Oct. 8 to North Carolina, but he’s also focused on finishing his sophomore season strong.
That includes working and getting better on both sides of the ball.
“I feel comfortable with running back,” Ford said. “I know most of the concepts and things like that. But I’m working into defensive back. I’ve been working there more and being a corner. I have to perfect my craft there, so I’m not just one-sided. Of course, at receiver, too. It doesn’t matter which position. I prefer running back, but whatever gets me on the field.”