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All-ACC Safety Paris Ford to Return to Pitt after Considering NFL

All-ACC Safety Paris Ford to Return to Pitt after Considering NFL

The day after Christmas, Pat Narduzzi and Pitt have received a huge present.

Pittsburgh Sports Now has learned that star safety Paris Ford has decided to bypass the 2020 NFL Draft and return to Pitt for his redshirt junior season.

Ford led the Panthers defense with 86 tackles, 3 forced fumbles, 3 interceptions and was named 1st team All-ACC.

PSN has been told by a person with knowledge of the situation that Ford received a NFL Draft grade “that was better than expected and could have left” but that he wants to finish “as a Pitt legend” and finish what he started at Pitt.

“Paris has been loyal to Pitt from day one and he gets that loyalty from his family.”

This news is huge for Pat Narduzzi and Randy Bates as they’ll return a secondary with Ford, Jason Pinnock, Damarri Mathis and Erick Hallet.

Considering Pitt should once again have a strong defensive unit in 2020 and with the chance to put more on tape for NFL teams, Ford will be one of the more highly rated safeties in the country next season for the 2021 NFL Draft.

Sandy Schall, Coldwell Banker
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Matthew Asay
Matthew Asay
9 months ago

Pitt needs to get a LB transfer to play either the Mike or Money spots. If they do that they may have a better defense next year. My preference, try and get Pryts here. If u cant get him, go after Jordan Anthony. Depending on which guy they could get make Pine the Mike or Money. Then keep the star position as Bright and Campbell.

Terry Durko
Terry Durko
9 months ago
Reply to  Matthew Asay

This is better news than any 5-star recruit.

Terrence Otoole
Terrence Otoole
9 months ago
Reply to  Matthew Asay

I agree matt lb will be our weakest position on defense

Pittband
Pittband
9 months ago

Now we have to hope that he doesn’t ick up nicks and bumps next season.

Terrence Otoole
Terrence Otoole
9 months ago

Great news for pitt now if twyman comes back,this defense could be really special

Terrence Otoole
Terrence Otoole
9 months ago

What’s going on here mike I’m hearing this might not be true

Joseph Steigerwald
Admin
9 months ago

Just wait for it

Darren
Darren
9 months ago
Joseph Steigerwald
Admin
9 months ago
Reply to  Darren

Just wait 🤫

Darren
Darren
9 months ago

Not true! I’d check your sources before posting articles like this..

Smljf
Smljf
9 months ago

My guess is that Ford probably isnt happy that his decision got leaked before he could announce it himself resulting in his tweet that clouded up the situation.

Rob
Rob
9 months ago

It would seem that Ford wanted to announce the decision when HE was ready to make it public. PSN doesn’t divulge a player behind a Pat signal until the recruit has announced, so maybe they should’ve done the same here.

Rob
Rob
9 months ago
Reply to  Mike Vukovcan

I thought the policy was about not stealing the spotlight from the recruit and not it’s newsworthiness.

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