• John Macon Gillespie

Ford Looks to Become First Urchin to Sign for Football

Noah Ford arrived at the Fortius Project at Itawamba Community College looking to show out. Ford, an offensive lineman for the East Union Urchins, arrived at the camp not knowing what to expect, as it was his first camp.

“Honestly, I didn’t know what to expect” said Ford. “It was my first ever camp I’ve ever been to. I had no idea what was going to happen.”

Ford, is looking to become the first ever Urchin to sign with a college football team out of high school.

“I just wanted to make a name for myself. I wanted the coaches there to say something like ‘that big kid from East Union has the skills we can work with and improve’”

The next Fortius Project combine in the North part of Mississippi takes place at Northeast Community College in Booneville on April 22nd. Ford makes it a point to mention that he will be at that camp. “My test [scores] were not as good as they could have been. But they will improve a lot by the Northeast camp.”

Ford was one of the most vocal offensive lineman at the Fortius Project. Due to this, along with his test scores and drill results, Ford earned a scholarship offer from Mississippi Delta Community College.

“[Scott Anderson] told me that he liked me a lot and that they are in need of linemen. He gave me his card and I sent him my film.”

While Ford is grateful for the offer from MDCC, he is looking to earn a few more at the Northeast Fortius Project. “I want Northeast or Northwest, those are my top two” said Ford. “My dream offer would be Memphis.”

Even though Ford is looking forward to signing with a college next year, he is also focused on his senior season at East Union. The Urchins finished last year 8-4, 3-2 in division play. The Urchins placed third in Region 1-2A.

The Urchins look to improve on their third place finish this season. “We want to make a run this year” says Ford. “We want a shot at state and I think we have a legit chance with our running attack.”

“We want to put up 5000 rushing yards a season.”

Ford himself wants to make a name for himself this season. “My goals are just to show out to help the team and just be the most dominant lineman in our division and our state.”

“I want to make the MS/AL all-star game. I want to be the first player from our school to ever sign for football.”

**Photo by Square Sports.

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