July 12, 2011

SU not always on top for Ford

McKees Rocks (Pa.) Sto Rox safety Dontez Ford is the latest prospect to pick the Orange. He was very quiet during his recruiting process, but he was in the first wave of prospects to receive an offer from Syracuse.

"I can't really remember when they offered me, but it was early on in the year probably February. Syracuse was my first offer."

Despite being the first offer for Ford Syracuse was not always at the top of his list.

"It has been going up and down. When I first received the Syracuse offer it was like, I have to hold on to this because it is all I might get. Then other schools came in and showed interested as well as offered. Once that happened Syracuse kind of fell back a little. I was really looking at Princeton, Vanderbilt, and Northwestern other than those schools I also received offers from Akron and Temple,"Ford said. "That changed after a recent visit I took up to Syracuse."

What exactly changed his mind?

"I had a chance to see their school of engineering and meet some other people and I really like it. I think it is the best fit for me. I took a lot of time to think about it and talk with my family about it and my final decision was made, I think it is the right one."

It was the academic side of Syracuse that did in fact seal the deal for the Orange.

"I knew Syracuse was the right school when I visited their engineering school by myself without the coaches and just a professor. I figured that would be perfect because I would be able to balance football and engineering."

Once he called the coaches to tell them the news about his commitment he became even more excited himself.

"They coaches seemed real excited and that made me feel even more excited about it. I was talking with both Coach [Dan] Conley and Coach [Doug] Marrone and they were excited. I can't even explain how it felt."

Now that he is an Orange commitment will he be helping land any other prospects like his high school teammate and Rivals250 prospect Deaysean Rippy?

"Not really, I am a pretty independent person, so I would like for him to make a decision that is best for him and not just because we would go to the same school. Whatever school he picks to go to we will still be good friends," Ford said. "I am not the type of person who would try and sway another person into going to the same college as me. If the decision was to be made that he would come to Syracuse I would definitely think that is a good choice for him. I say that because I know him pretty well and I know what he needs academically and he knows what he needs with football and we would be able to help each other out over the years that we are in school."

At Syracuse Ford is projected to stay at his safety position. In the past he has been told he is a very intelligent and versatile defensive back.

"Syracuse wants me to play safety. In the past coaches have told me that I am very versatile because I can play the run and the pass. They also tell me that I play a lot smarter than other safeties."

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