The Auburn Tigers are in a great position to pick up a commitment from 4-star running back, and now former Vanderbilt commitment, Johnathan Ford.
Ford is an extremely talented running back and he'd represent a huge acquisition for Auburn if the Tigers are indeed able to get him to sign. He is 5'11'', 190 pounds and runs a 4.50 40-yard dash time, according to 247Sports. He's also ranked as the No. 20 overall running back recruit.
Charles Goldberg of AL.com reported on Ford's decommitment, and Auburn's standing with the 4-star back:
Running back Johnathan Ford visited Auburn over the weekend… and decommitted from Vanderbilt today.
The running back from New Hope said Sunday he had a "great" visit with Auburn coach Gus Malzahn and offensive coordinator Rhett Lashlee.
Goldberg also reports Ford's thoughts on Auburn:
Ford said Sunday that Auburn made an impression."They talked about how they see me in the offense. They just laid everything out there for me. It was a great experience," he said.
It seems as if Auburn has made an impact on Ford, but should they be considered a lock to land his commitment?
We should know better than to call anything a lock in the world of college football recruiting, but Auburn certainly appears to be close to "lock status" with Ford.
With only a week until National Signing Day, everything is intensified, and even the smallest advantage can be all it takes to win on the recruiting trail. For now, Auburn seems to have that advantage with Ford, considering the impact that the Tigers made on his visit, and the timing of his decommitment.
Keep in mind that Goldberg also said in the same report that Georgia and Florida State are making a push for Ford as well, and he just recently received offers from both programs. Tennessee is also another program that is in the running, as is Mississippi State.
All that said, it's hard not to feel that Auburn has the unofficial edge here, and the Tigers are setting themselves up to finish the 2013 recruiting cycle strong.
Auburn took quite a hit when Gene Chizik was fired, but Gus Malzahn is turning things around, and Auburn is gaining recruiting momentum at just the right time. The Tigers still boast the commitment of 5-star defensive end Carl Lawson (although that commitment could change) and Auburn is still in a good position to win back the commitment of 5-star inside linebacker Reuben Foster.
Malzahn has put together a top-notch staff, and that seems to be helping on the recruiting trail for the Tigers. They've gone from one of the coldest programs in college football recruiting to a school that's popping up on many interest lists as the 2013 cycle draws nearer to its close.
Their momentum is building at the right time, and they seem to have made a great impression with Ford at the right time as well.
The Tigers may not be a lock just yet, but they certainly have an edge with Ford.