Ford Fits UW's Model

Wanting to get quicker on the defensive line, Gibsonton (FL) East Bay defensive end Marques Ford is exactly what defensive coordinator Dave Aranda is looking for in Wisconsin's 3-4 defense.

Looking to add more speed and athleticism to its 3-4 defense, Wisconsin and defensive coordinator Dave Aranda have started to recruit quicker and smaller defensive ends on the recruiting trail.

Gibsonton (FL) East Bay defensive end Marques Ford fits the bill in what Aranda is wanting in his defensive ends, which is why the Badgers shortly offered him after evaluating him on film.

"I found out about the offer from my coach," Ford told BadgerNation. "I was excited about it because I mean it is a great opportunity. I am going to do research on them now. I know they are in the Big Ten right now and are either fourth or fifth in academics. Academics is big with me."

Ford has 12 offers to date, including Duke, Miami, Rutgers, South Florida and Wake Forest, and has no leader or a top list. At 6-4 and 220 pounds, Ford admits he is a on the thin side and plans to work to gain weight this offseason.

Despite his size, Ford recorded 67 tackles, 17.5 TFLs and 10 sacks on a defense that allowed just 131 points over 12 games (10.9 per game) last season.

"Individually I felt like I got better at my craft and I learned a lot of new things," said Ford. "I gained a lot of experience. As a team we made it farther than any other East Bay team so that's a big accomplishment … I am a pass rush player and I'm good at containing the quarterback and making sure they don't have a lot of time to get the pass off."

Ford plans on going to Central Florida this Saturday, Miami (FL) within a few weeks and hopefully a stop at Wisconsin.

"I do plan on visiting them," said Ford. "I don't know when I might visit. I have talked to Coach Aranda and he told me that he is really excited about me. He said he watched my film a week before they offered and wants me to get up there. He is a straight forward type of guy and he seems excited all the time."

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