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When describing Carterville (Ill.) tight end Luke Ford, I’ll borrow a phrase from Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin, “his arrow is pointing up.”
That’s actually an understatement when talking about this talented tight end.
In the last 24 hours, Ford has received offers from Toledo, Army, Syracuse and Minnesota to go along with previous ones from Pitt, Arkansas, Illinois and Oklahoma State.
“It’s awesome. It’s a dream come true really. I’ve been having a great time with it, the Lord has blessed me,” said Ford.
I asked Ford where’s all the interest coming from?
“I guess they like my film. They think I’m a big guy (6-foot-7, 250 pounds) that can move. I’m a big guy that’s strong and fast, I guess that makes me valuable. When one school offers, I guess other schools feel like they should offer too,” said Ford.
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— Luke Ford (@lukeredx97) February 2, 2017
I believe I’m an all-around tight end. I’m able to far out and create mismatches with the defensive backs but I can also block. I play on the other side of the ball too so I know how to make a tackle and hit somebody. That’s what the coaches want, an every down tight end that can do both.”
Ford received the offer from Pitt TE coach Tim Salem a few days ago and upon receiving the offer, one thing immediately entered Ford’s mind.
“I was going crazy and freaking out, it was awesome. The first thing I thought of when Pitt offered was the game vs. Clemson. Chris Blewitt didn’t blow it, he made the kick vs. Clemson to win it,” said Ford.
“I just remember thinking I hope I get to talk to those guys sometimes during my recruiting process and sure enough I got an offer from them. It’s truly an honor, I was excited and overwhelmed as you can tell, I’m getting excited just talking about it right now.”
Ford says because his parents both work it will be difficult for him to visit anytime soon but he’s going to try and make a visit to every school that offers him.
That might make for a bunch of trips because the offers should continue to pour in for this talented tight end from Illinois.