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One of nation's best kickers commits to Hogs

By: Richard Davenport Richard Davenport's Twitter account
Published: Tuesday, January 25, 2022
Kicker Blake Ford and Arkansas special teams coordinator Scott Fountain.
Kicker Blake Ford and Arkansas special teams coordinator Scott Fountain.

Senior kicker Blake Ford has committed to Arkansas as a preferred walk-on. 

Ford, 6-1, 210 pounds, of Arlington (Texas) Lamar, chose Arkansas over preferred walk-on offers from Texas and Indiana, and a scholarship offer from Fort Hays (Kan.) State. 

Coach Sam Pittman and special teams coordinator Scott Fountain, who was his lead recruiter, swayed him towards the Razorbacks. 

"I think the No. 1 reason why I decided to be a Razorback was because of Coach Fountain and Coach Pittman. I really like how they recruited me,” said Ford, who has a 4.0 grade point average and plans to major in business. “I think it’s just the best fit for me.” 

He played in the 2022 All-American Bowl in San Antonio on Jan. 8.

Chris Sailer Kicking rates him a 6-star prospect — its highest rating — and the No. 12 kicker in the nation. Ford’s player review on the Sailer website offers a glowing recommendation. 

“Blake is a big time high school kicking prospect. He is a great looking athlete with a huge leg," the site reads. "Blake hits a DI level ball off the ground. He gets the ball up well and has 60+ yard range. His kickoffs are outstanding, DI ready. Blake drives the ball 65+ yards with 4.0+ hang time. A competitor that thrives under pressure.”

Ford was named special teams player of the year for District 8-6A in Texas. He posted a practice video of himself making a 73-yard field goal on Twitter on Dec. 15.

“My longest was 75 (yards),” Ford said. “The 73 looked better, so I put it on there.” 

He made 9 of 11 field goals this season with a long of 48 yards. 

Fountain visited his school and also makes regular contact with him.

“He called me pretty much every night for the past two weeks and I really, really created a good bond with him,” Ford said. “He’s a great dude. He talked to me about my day and what I was thinking and everything I was thinking about Arkansas and where I stood each day, because I think he really wanted me to be there.”

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