'17 Three-Star OL Coming Onto Husky Radar?

It's no mystery the Huskies are after at least one more offensive linemen in the 2017 class and a player who has seen their interest level in him pick up is San Pedro (Ca.) OL Nick Ford. Dawgman.com caught up with the talented prospect recently and he updated us on where things stand in the recruiting process including his recent contact with the Husky coaching staff...


"I currently have 16 offers," Ford told Dawgman.com. "I'm visiting Cal on December 9th and right now, that's my only scheduled visit, but I'm looking at scheduling some more here pretty soon. I haven't decided if I will visit a school this coming weekend or not, but I will definitely be taking some in January."

Washington is the most recent school to pick up their interest in the talented 6'6, 275-pounder and he said that the Huskies are the program he grew up rooting for when he watched football as a youngster.

"I can't really tell you the main reason why they were my favorite school growing up," Ford said with a chuckle. "My dad played at Cal, so it wasn't him influencing me or anything. 

"I think I just liked the fact that Washington was a cool state and a I just started to like them and eventually I started to root for them."

Ford actually began to form a love for the Huskies during their darkest years.

"Yeah, I've liked them since the time when they were really bad," Ford admitted. "But they have really bounced back and they are playing really well. It's been fun to watch them this year have the success they've had."

Husky tight ends coach Jordan Paopao has been Ford's main contact so far, but that could start to change in the near future.

"He said they've already evaluated me and they like me a lot, but they want to get to know me better before they make a decision on offering me," Ford said. "It's basically their whole 'OKG' philosophy and making sure they are bringing in the right guys.

"I understand it. I know it's their process and how they go about offering guys, so I'm just going to be patient."

Ford played both ways for his high school team this past season, manning both tackle spots on offense throughout the season while also handling defensive line duties as well.

"I don't really have a preference on which side I play once I get to college, but I love to play defense," Ford said. "With defense, you get to attack, but on offense you have to be more patient."

On the defensive side of the ball, Ford posted 54 tackles, 23 tackles-for-loss and nine sacks.

Ford isn't just a big body, he's also very athletic for a young man his size, proven by his 11.2 PR in the 100 meters.

"I do the shot, the high jump, the long jump and the 100," Ford said. "I just love to go out and compete and it also helps keep me in shape."

We'll have more on Ford in the coming weeks and we will update news on him as it happens.

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