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One of nation's best kickers commits to Hogs
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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