"About a week ago, I had talked to coach (Jordan) Paopao recently, just to catch up, and he put coach (Chris) Strausser on the phone with me and we talked for a while," Ford told Dawgman.com. "I felt like it was a really good conversation and then earlier today, I got a text saying I should call, so I called and when I spoke with coach Strausser he said that they had been looking at me for the past month and after talking to me and doing all of their research on me, he felt good that I would fit in there and that I had an offer from them."
"I can't really tell you the main reason why they were my favorite school growing up," Ford said back December when Dawgman chatted with him the first time. "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."
Now that they've offered, did Ford think about committing?
"I still need to get up there and check things out and I want to take some visits," Ford said. "It's an incredible offer. I mean, they're the number four team in the nation and they have a really good program there and I really like the coaches, but I need to get up there and see how I fit into things up there and I still have a visit to Utah (on January 13th) and I want to take at least one more visit before I decide."
Ford said he's still working on setting up his visit to Montlake, but said he's expecting it to be either second to last or last weekend of the month.
At 6'6" and close to 280 pounds, Ford is an intriguing prospect whose father played receiver at Cal.
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 as he gets closer to making his decision.