Countdown to Signing Day: QB Andrew Ford

by JustinC on January 6, 2014 · 3 comments

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Virginia Tech’s efforts on the recruiting trail this year were honorable but I think looking back, the Hokies may feel a little queasy at some of the quarterback talent they missed out on.  That said, they still landed two good ones in this class and we’re going to talk about our first quarterback commitment today in Andrew Ford.

A unanimous three star by all the major recruiting services, Ford was named Gatorade Player of the Year in Pennsylvania.  That is a very prestigious honor in a state that sends well over 50 kids to division one schools every year.

Ford isn’t like many of the quarterbacks we’ve had in the past.  He’s a natural pro-style QB with decent mobility that should help improve the Virginia Tech passing attack under Scot Loeffler here at Virginia Tech.

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Virginia Tech, Pittsburgh, Temple, UMASS

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Freshman Impact

At 6’2” and 190 pounds, Ford doesn’t have the best height in the world.  His 4.7 40 times may or may not be a little inflated and he’s a left-handed quarterback that doesn’t quite have elite arm-strength.  However, once you get past the physical evaluation of Ford, you really start to see the type of football player he is.  He’s a gamer.

Ford is going to come in this January and immediately challenge Mark Leal for the starting job.  Will he win it? Probably not.  The Pennsylvania native has a lot to learn before he steps out onto the grass inside Lane Stadium and takes his first college snap.  That said, Ford isn’t a guy that’s going to back down from a challenge and that’s one reason Tech fans are going to like this kid.

I think the battle this spring won’t be between Ford and Leal but between Ford and redshirt sophomore Brenden Motley.  The winner of that battle will enter this season as the backup behind Leal.  That could be crucial as Leal isn’t as injury proof as Logan Thomas was over the past three seasons.

Overall, I think Ford has the ability to win that job but if Motley has improved since this fall, he Loeffler may chose to go with someone a little older and more mature, electing to redshirt Ford for the long-haul.  That would be a wise choice.  However, Tech fans will need to see improvement in 2014 and if Ford gives Tech the best opportunity to win in the future then Loeffler may have to go that route.

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ben January 6, 2014 at 6:56 pm

So unless Bucky Hodges wins the starting QB job tech will be starting a 3 (or less) star QB for the first time since at least Bryan Randell (i dont know how many stars he was, rivals doesnt go back that far). Of the QBs on the roster (excluding Leal) who has the best chance to be a multi-year starter.

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JustinC January 6, 2014 at 7:11 pm

Ugh, I forgot to fix that. He’s a 4* QB on 247 rankings and a 3* on their composite. I mixed those up (my apologies to 247Sports).

But, that’s accurate. Grant Noel was our last non-four star QB. Randall was a Rivals100 player back in 2002.

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VTShane January 9, 2014 at 9:31 am

Ford is the PA Gatorade POTY and an Elite 11 QB. What is most important is that he is Loeffler’s guy! He WILL be playing and soon. He is rated low IMO because kids that commit to us usally don’t move up in rankings (seen this with many of our early commits etc). Stars don’t mean much to our staff as we recruit coachable players for the most part who fit our system. Bucky has played scout team tight end and will most probably convert to TE permanently due to bad mechanics and the rumor that he is now 6’8″. Durkin was a late flip and is a change of pace (Tebow bruiser vs Ford) but Ford is the kind of QB Loeffler wants. Additionally Chad Henne was the one who worked with and recommended this kid to Loeffler. My fear is that CFB being a loyalty guy will let Leal start and continue our offense through mediocrity for next season.

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