He’s only a freshman, but Devyn Ford is already well known on the major college football recruiting front. The North Stafford High School (Stafford, VA) star recently added a scholarship offer from Tennessee to go along with previous offers from Kentucky, Maryland, North Carolina, NC State, Old Dominion, Syracuse, Virginia and Virginia Tech. Duke, Ohio State, Wake Forest and West Virginia have expressed serious interest in the 14-year old freshman.
After showing well at college camps such as Virginia and Virginia Tech last summer, Ford enjoyed a terrific first season on the varsity football level. His first carry, which came in a preseason scrimmage against eventual 2015 5A state champion Highland Springs, was good for 37 yards. Ford rushed for 237 yards and two touchdowns in a 31-point win over Osbourn in his first varsity regular season game, and in his first postseason varsity experience he rushed for over 200 yards in each of North Stafford’s two playoff wins and had 172 total yards (140 receiving, 32 rushing) in a third round playoff loss to Tuscarora.
In 13 games (9-4), the 5’11”, 170-pound Ford finished the 2015 season with over 1,600 yards rushing and 24 touchdowns.
“I think he’s definitely a natural running back,” Wolverines head coach Joe Mangano said. “Watching him run zone plays, it looks like he came out of the womb playing running back. That being said, what a lot of guys have liked about him is that he plays everywhere. He runs jet sweeps, lines up at receiver, in the backfield at tailback. You have to have a high IQ to play all those positions, and Devyn’s IQ is off the charts.”
A college commitment is not on the horizon any time soon, but the talented athlete is getting an early feel for some of the schools on his list.
“He went down to UNC at the end of January. That was a nice visit,” Mangano said. “He loved the weekend (February 6) at Virginia Tech. He was blown away. Several other colleges wanted him to come the past few weeks, but he decided to take a couple of weeks off.”
“What’s really cool about Devyn is he doesn’t get caught up in the recruiting stuff,” Mangano added. “He’s a very laid back dude. He’s family...
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