February 19, 2019

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Diamond in the Rough: Tyson Ford

 

Tyson Ford is a 5’9” 170 lbs. cornerback for Newman High School in New Orleans, Louisiana. He benches 225lbs., squats 400 lbs. and runs a 4.5 second 40-yard dash. Tyson has offers from Northwestern State and Louisiana College, among other schools.

 

How long have you been playing football and what got you started?

I’ve been playing football my entire life. When I first got to high school, I switched from cornerback to wide receiver, but all my family members told I was a natural DB. By my senior year I was starting on both sides of the ball.

 

What has football taught you about life?

Football has taught me how to overcome adversity. As a shorter player, I was always told what I couldn’t do. People look over me because of my height, but I feel like I have more to prove. That goes for anything in life. When someone tells me that I can’t, then I just have to work ten times harder at being better than them at doing whatever it is.

 

Where do you see football taking you in life?

I want to use football to pay for my education so that I can study Kinesiology. I want to learn how to rehabilitate athletes and train them in the ways that I’ve learned to use my body and my muscles. I just love helping people.

 

What is the strong point of your game?

I come downhill. Also, my IQ of the game is great. I have an understanding of how the game works on both sides of the ball, so I can sniff out plays. When I find out where the ball is going, watch out because I’m coming and somebody might get hurt.

 

Is there a player at the college or pro level that you model your game after?

Tyran Mathieu, for sure.

 

What makes you special that you will bring to a college program?

My versatility and aggressiveness. I can play offense, defense and special teams. I am useful in every phase of the game. Every time the ball is around me, I’m coming to make plays, whether it is practice or in a game.