Georgia’s torturous seventeen hour drought between signing national top fifty rated recruits is finally over. After ending the night last night by signing blue chip South Carolina linebacker Channing Tindall the Bulldogs went back to the offensive side of the ball this afternoon by netting a pledge from Illinois tight end Luke Ford.
Ford, rated the #49 player in America by 247Sports and the #2 tight end, chose the ‘Dawgs over finalists Auburn, Alabama, Texas A&M, and Illinois. The 6’6, 245 pound standout is also the top player in the state of Illinois. It is one of the great oddities of early signing period 2018 that Georgia has now signed the top-rated players in Illinois, Tennessee, and North Carolina, but not the top-rated player in Georgia (Clemson QB Trevor Lawrence). I guess you can’t win them all.
That being said, picking up Ford is a massive win. For starters he has the frame to develop into an absolute matchup problem in the running game for smaller defensive ends and linebackers. But he also has exceptional hands and runs well.
I’d compare Ford a little to Arthur Lynch, though I think Formay end up being just a little bigger. However with his route running skills and ability to find open space downfield, Ford is likely a greater threat in the passing game.
Luke Ford (@lukeredx97) was the best available tight end in the country.— SB Nation Recruiting (@SBNRecruiting) December 21, 2017
Just announced he'll sign with UGA. Yet another elite get for the Dawgs. Size, physicality, hands, and route-running: https://t.co/58yzmOEoAv pic.twitter.com/SvXD2w2dOE
His commitment extends Georgia’s lead in the 2018 recruiting rankings, with the Bulldogs topping the rankings by every major service. So that’s nice. Welcome aboard, Luke! Until later . . .