After an official visit in El Paso this past weekend, 2015 tight end Cole Ford confirmed to MinerRush today that he has verbally committed to UTEP.
Ford's decision appeared to be made when the UTEP family atmosphere surrounded him once he landed in El Paso.
"From the moment I landed in El Paso it was like one big family" Ford said, "All the players were like brothers and I couldn't see myself as anything but a Miner for the next four years."
The 6'5, 240 pound tight end runs a 4.7-40 yard dash, and helped Bothell win a Class 4A Washington State Title this past season. Bothell also played in a nationally televised game apart of ESPNU's showcase of the best high school teams in the nation with a match up against nationally ranked Miami-Central in the Burger King Bowl series.
Ford caught 28 passes for 583 yards this season with a touchdown, and also added 16.5 sacks on the defensive side as well. He was also named First Team All-King County as a tight end for his productive senior year.
Another well rounded athlete that will provide athleticism, size, and a frame to work with in the future at tight end. He could be considered a receiving tight end, but has the size, and footwork to also develop into a reliable blocker down the road under the guidance of former tight end All-American and UTEP tight end's coach Brian Natkin.
He had an offer from NMSU, along with an offer from Montana, and solidifies UTEP's tight end depth for now and the future with his commitment.
No stars are needed for Ford, his frame provides huge upside in him becoming a productive player in UTEP's offensive scheme, and his receiving abilities will speak for themselves once he is given his shot to shine in the near future.
I'm officially committed to the university of Texas at El Paso! #MinerStrong— Cole daniel Ford (@coleford84) January 26, 2015