James Franklin has his elite running back for the 2019 class as Devyn Ford, the nation's No. 3 overall RB prospect, pledged to Penn State this afternoon during a ceremony at North Stafford High School.
What appeared to be a three-team race for Ford just a few months ago between the Lions, Ohio State, and Virginia Tech, quickly became a two-team race after the Buckeyes secured a commitment from four-star back Sampson James.
The ford File
- Class: 2019
- Size: 5-11/195
- Pos: RB
- School: North Stafford HS (Stafford, VA)
- Composite Rating: ★★★★ (.9653)
- Composite Rank: No. 65 overall, No. 3 RB
Franklin and new running backs coach Ja'Juan Seider convinced Ford to spurn his home-state team, even after Hokies alum Mike Vick tweeted he would buy season tickets if Ford committed to VT. Ford had his pick of blue-blood programs with offers from Auburn, Georgia, Oklahoma, Michigan, Notre Dame, Texas, and USC.
Ford was the Commonwealth District and Region D 5A offensive player of the year in 2017. He racked up 2,056 yards and 32 touchdowns as a junior, and has over 5,000 yards and 76 touchdowns in his high school career.
Ford returned to campus in February for an unofficial visit, his fourth in the last year, and used his official visit for last month's 2018 Blue-White game. He will also reunite with high school teammate, and 2018 Penn State signee, four-star OT Nana Asiedu when he arrives on campus next year.
The 2019 Penn State class now stands at No. 31 in the 247Sports Team Rankings. Ironically, that places them just ahead of Virginia Tech. With just five commits, the Lions feature the smallest class of any team ranked ahead of them.