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Louisville Football adds to the 2019 class with Justin Ford

ShaDon Brown gets his second commitment in a week.

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Louisville football recruiting took a break from the 2020 class to add another player to the 2019 class. Justin Ford will head to Louisville this summer to play for Bryan Brown’s secondary. The 3-star JUCO prospect chose Louisville over Auburn, Iowa State, Colorado, and Utah.

Ford will fill a need in the secondary as the Cards don’t have a lot of proven depth at any position as of now. Anthony Johnson and Khane Pass are likely starters at their positions but the second cornerback spot and safety spot are full of guys who have been part-time starters at most with mixed results. Louisville also needs a fifth defensive back for when they play nickel as well as general competition.

Bryan Brown favors defensive backs that can tackle in the open field as well as play the ball in the air. Ford has shown the ability to do both. At 6-2/175 Ford has great size and length and he plays like it. There is no shortage of hard hits or strong one-on one tackles on his tape. He ended the year with 31 tackles and 3 picks (I’ve also seem that number at 41 and 4 so who knows).

Another great thing to see, in my opinion, is that Ford mentioned knowing some of the Louisville staff members from when they coached at App State. I continue to be impressed by how many recruits have cited those relationships in interviews. I think it shows how this staff is viewed by recruits as well as their parents and coaches.