College Football Recruiting: Can Charlie Strong Bring Poona Ford to Texas Longhorns?

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With Charlie Strong leaving the Louisville Cardinals for the Texas Longhorns, there figured to some effect on the Louisville recruiting class. It came quickly with four-star defensive tackle Poona Ford announcing he would re-open his recruitment and walk away from his verbal commitment to the Cardinals. Ford is moving quickly to get in some official visits before National Signing Day after the recruiting dead period ends on January 15. His first visit will be to Strong at Texas on January 17 where the former Louisville coach will try and recruit Ford for a second time.

The 6-foot, 285-pound defensive tackle prospect is the No. 23 ranked defensive tackle in the 2014 recruiting class and is an athletic interior linemen that figures to be a disruptive force in the near future for whoever signs him. In addition to his trip to Austin on his recruitment tour, Ford will also take trips to the Missouri Tigers and Oregon Ducks this January before making a final decision in February. He only helped his stock while playing in the Semper Fidelis All-American Game where he was a standout performer.

Strong will make a strong case for Ford to follow him to Texas as a defensive-minded coach who builds his success on the play of his defensive line. Adding an athletic interior presence to the Horns defensive front would go a long way in building quick success for Strong at Texas. The Longhorns will be looking to bolster Strong’s first class at Texas with a drastically shortened recruiting period, and bring Ford to campus would be a major boost.

Charlie Strong was able to recruit Poona Ford once already this season when he got him to commit to Louisville. Will Ford follow Strong to Texas in 2014 and commit to the Longhorns?

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