A senior defensive end for the Lutheran North football team, Ford entered the spring and summer with the goal of filling out his 6-foot-4 frame with more muscle than he’s had in his young life.
Ford is the highest rated Mizzou recruit in the Class of 2021. According to 247sports, Ford is the lone four-star recruit to make a hard commitment to Mizzou. Rivals has Ford and Ben Davis cornerback Daylan Carnell as the only four-stars in the fold for the Tigers.
Ford had plenty of options to choose from. He racked up 33 offers that included Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona State, Florida State, Illinois, Iowa, Iowa State, LSU, Miami, Michigan, Michigan State, Minnesota, Mississippi State, Nebraska, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Oregon, Purdue, SMU, Tennessee, Texas, Texas A&M and Washington State.
That Mizzou landed Ford is a credit to new coach Eliah Drinkwitz. The other local standouts that have committed, to a man, sing Drinkwitz’s praises. Ford is no different.
“It was hard (picking a school) but as soon as Drinkwitz got there it made it easy,” Ford said. “The energy he has is tremendous.”
Having a group of guys he’s grown up competing with and against making the trip to Columbia sure didn’t hurt, either.
Little has been easy since COVID-19 upended our everyday routines. However, Ford was ready for it more than most. When Lutheran North went to distance learning in late March, Ford was prepared. In order to graduate a semester early, he needed to take classes online outside of the normal school day. When the world went virtual, Ford was already savvy.