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June 25, 2014
'I'm Committed but...leaning toward OU'
When Pineville, La. offensive lineman Cody Ford committed to TCU in the early spring he was a player who was still largely unknown in recruiting circles. As time passed the 6-foot-4, 322-pound standout has seen his notoriety jump exponentially.
The most recent sign of growing recruiting credentials was an offer from Oklahoma offensive line coach Bill Bedenbaugh. The state of Louisiana's No. 13 overall prospect recently visited Oklahoma and admits the offer caught his attention.
"I definitely have an interest in Oklahoma, I'm not going to lie," Ford admitted following learning of the offer. "It's the facilities, they are as nice as TCU, some are nicer.
"I went down a couple of weeks ago, me and my family. It was just a weekend. The dorms, they are bigger than a lot of dorms that I've seen, the stadium is huge - it's nice. And the cold tubs, the waterfall, I haven't seen that before. And the locker room it's nice and they said they will be changing it all over anyway.
"They told me they are building a whole new, I guess, changing the Switzer Center? And then bowling-in the stadium."
"And, you know, they have a winning history of - it's Oklahoma."
With offers already in hand from Arkansas, Houston, and plenty of others Ford has maintained the Horned Frogs coach had little to worry about in regard to the solidity of his commitment.
However, he admits that the news of the Oklahoma offer seemed to change the score somewhat.
"It's not that hard to stay committed to TCU, I'm always talking to a TCU coach, like every day. So I'm always contact with them," he said. "They haven't said anything about the other offers but when Oklahoma offered me one of their coaches sent me a message and said call me so it was kind of, I guess they got nervous."
Though Ford has already had a chance to see Norman, Okla. up close and aside from his fondness of the campus the bond between himself and Bedenbaugh is playing a major role in in his interest in the Sooners.
"He is always reminding me how they are always winning and how they have a great education. He and I have a great chemistry," he explained. "Some schools tell me I'll play tackle, some say guard, some say I might play both. I don't know, it all depends on when I get there and what I give out but I like tackle. [Bedenbaugh] just said that as of now it's tackle or guard and once I get there it'll settle out.
"It doesn't matter to me though, wherever they need me to play."
Ford's parents, as one might expect, will play a big part in his recruitment and will sit down with him later this summer - after a few remaining camp dates - and try to hash out his final college destination before the start of his senior season.
"They want me to go to a place that I can achieve my goals, which is to get to the NFL," he said. "I'm going to the LSU camp in like two weeks and then a Mississippi State camp, I'm going to sit down with my coaches and my family after that and figure out what I'm going to do."
So does Ford consider himself a Horned Frog commitment at this point in time?
"I'm committed but honestly I'm leaning toward Oklahoma."