Alabama has landed its second commitment of the weekend.
Jerome Ford, a 3-star running back from Armwood High School (Seffner, Fla.), has committed to the Crimson Tide. Ford was the team’s primary target at the position after 5-star running back Zamir White committed to Georgia and 4-star running back Asa Martin chose Auburn.
The nation’s No. 14 all-purpose back, according to 247Sports, visited Tuscaloosa for the first time this fall for the LSU game. It was his first time taking in a game at Bryant-Denny Stadium, and Ford loved everything about his visit.
“Everything there is first class,” Ford said last month. “The crowd, the atmosphere — just being there — I felt the love. It’s just a lot better there [than other stadiums]. It’s just a better atmosphere.”
Alabama’s plan for Ford is similar to current Tide running back Josh Jacobs. The staff views Ford as a change-of-pace type of running back. He’s not going to run you over every play, but he can catch the ball out of the backfield and match up against linebackers in the passing game to create mismatches.
Ford’s stock with the Tide skyrocketed this past summer where he balled out at one of the team’s summer camp sessions. He ran a 4.41-second 40-yard dash, which was the fastest at the camp. Since then, the team has kept tabs on Ford’s progression this season and has been impressed.