Two years ago, Keith Ford was a five-star running back recruit out of Cypress Ranch High School who was headed to the University of Oklahoma. But following a suspension from the team, he announced his intentions to transfer.
Oklahoma running back Keith Ford to transfer http://t.co/nZbEPSh6fK pic.twitter.com/8lSQ52Mf8p— Sports Illustrated (@SInow) May 14, 2015
Just over a week later, Ford made it official that he will transfer to Texas A&M, having two years of eligibility after he sits out the 2015 season.
Former #Sooners RB Keith Ford explains his decision to transfer to #TAMU (FREE): http://t.co/48vp3QftXK pic.twitter.com/okLbPxGMEM— Gigem247 (@GigEm247) May 22, 2015
In an interview with 247 Sports' Taylor Hamm, Ford said, "I’m going to Aggieland. It feels great. When I went up there today you could really tell how much time they put into their players' futures. They care about you getting your degree as much as your success on the field. What really helped me come to my decision was when I sat down with Coach (Kevin) Sumlin. It didn’t sound like it was rehearsed or anything. He was just talking to me man-to-man and laid out his expectations for me. He also wanted me to believe in him. After I heard all of that I was like, ‘Yea, I’m coming here.’ I can't wait to get up there."
Ford will provide much-needed depth at the running back position as seniors Tra Carson and Brandon Williams enter their final year of eligibility. Williams, of course, was also a five-star recruit who played for the Sooners before transferring to A&M.
Ford will likely compete for carries with James White and incoming freshman Jay Bradford. In addition, Ford's arrival continues the seemingly unprecendented influx of talent in College Station.
W/Ford on board, 2015 A&M roster boasts 8 5*s. In the decade preceding Sumlin's arrival (or A&M joining the SEC), Ags signed a total of 7— Billy Liucci (@billyliucci) May 22, 2015