Penn State has an anchor for their 2019 recruiting class
by Andy Hilton, recruitNoVA
Friday afternoon, Devyn Ford made his pick between Penn State and Virginia Tech.
Penn State won out.
At Friday’s commitment ceremony, North Stafford HS Head Coach Joe Mangano shared the importance of Ford’s contributions to the Wolverine football program.
“As great as he is on the field, he is spectacular off the field. (Devyn) is a humble young man. He’s a great role model. All of us coaches on the staff have young kids and he’s a great role model to them. He carries a 3.8 GPA in the classroom. For the first three years, up until the day of his official visit to Virginia Tech, he didn’t miss a day of school,” said Mangano. “That tells you where his priorities are.”
“(When he was) an eighth grader, I heard about Devyn Ford. In the first game of his high school career, he had 14 carries, 237 yards and four touchdowns. Needless to say, the rest is history. By December of his freshman year, he had five offers,” the coach said. “By the time he was coming into his sophomore year, he had pretty much been offered by everybody. He handled it with great humility.”
In 2017, Ford rushed for 2,056 yards and totaled 32 touchdowns on his way to earning selections as a First Team All-State running back and punt returner.
He’s set for a HUGE senior season.
Now he can put recruiting worries aside.
“Both head coaches have said to me that Devyn Ford is the type of player that you build your program around,” said Mangano. “No truer words have been spoken.”
Devyn then made his announcement from the long table at center stage, surrounded by his family. He thanked his family, his friends, his coaches and others.
“I love my family so much. My ultimate goal is to give back to the people that gave to me. Most of all, I want to thank my Grandma,” Devyn said. “This process has been long, it’s been tiring… I’m happy to have this weight lifted off my shoulders….”
With that, Ford stood up, unzipped his jacket and revealed a Penn State t-shirt and donned a Penn State cap.
“I will be committing to THE Penn State University,” he said. The crowd erupted.
Virginia Tech fans were not happy with the development as the Twitterverse responded immediately after the commitment.
“Devyn Ford just decided to attend Penn St, where he has to compete with several other 4 and 5 star running backs for playing time, over Virginia Tech, where he would have been the number 1 guy on day 1 and focal point of a versatile offense,” said Virginia Tech fan Jarrod Edens.
Ford should prosper in the Penn State offense. In the meantime, the Virginia Tech coaching staff will have to turn to other prospects in order to bolster their 2019 recruiting class. It’s still early for this year’s crop of prospects.
– Andy Hilton