June 3, 2010

Tulane likes Texas running back

When LeFredrick Ford received a scholarship offer earlier this year to play football at Tulane, he quickly learned that the Green Wave's coaching staff held him in high esteem.

It's easy to understand why.

The running back from Kirbyville (Texas) High School rushed for more than 2,500 yards and roughly 10 yards per carry as a junior, leading Kirbyville High School to the Class 2A state championship game and emerging as one of the top backfield prospects from the Lone Star State.

Tulane wasted no time tracking down the 6-foot, 190-pound Ford, who now has piled up seven scholarship offers, and reserving a spot for him in next year's class.

"They said that they were really interested," Ford said of the Green Wave, "and that I was at the top of their board."

Texas A&M, Vanderbilt, Baylor, Colorado State, Stephen F. Austin and Lamar also have extended offers to Ford, but he said none stands out as an early front-runner. He's in no rush to narrow his choices or make a decision, either.

"I'm really just sitting back and waiting until next season," Ford said.

For now, he's looking mainly for one thing as he begins to evaluate the growing list of schools pursuing him.

"I just want to feel at home," Ford said, adding that playing time will be "kind of" important but location is "not really" a concern at this point.

Ford, who underwent shoulder surgery earlier this year that sidelined him during spring practice, said he finished last season with 2,567 rushing yards. He accounted for 287 yards and all three of Kirbyville's touchdowns in a 35-18 loss to Pilot Point in the state title game.

Running backs coach Greg Davis Jr. is recruiting Ford for Tulane. Ford said Davis wanted him to participate in one of the Green Wave's camps this summer, but Ford said he likely will not be able to attend.

Ford said he was "excited" to learn of Tulane's interest in him, although he admittedly is unfamiliar with the Green Wave and never has visited New Orleans.

"I don't know too much (about Tulane)," he said, "but I like them."

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