Craig Kuligowski added an interior line prospect to his group when Jonathan Ford made it official.
Ford, 6-5 and 275 pounds, could play outside but is likely to grow into a tackle.
More about him:
Size: 6-5, 275
School: Fort Lauderdale-Dillard
Stats: 98 tackles, 12 sacks as a junior (247)
Stars: Three (247, Rivals, ESPN)
Rank: No. 24 strongside defensive end (Rivals), No. 46, 612th overall (247), No. 42 defensive tackle (ESPN).
Projection: Starting defensive tackle. A solid, if unspectacular prospect with good strength and length, Ford played defensive end in high school but has the frame to add more bulk. That could make him a contributor in his second season. Starters Kendrick Norton and R.J. McIntosh and backup Gerald Willis will be draft-eligible, and backups Courtel Jenkins and Anthony Moten will have graduated.
Fun facts: His Hudl page says he benches 315 pounds, squats 505, deadlifts 405, has a 35.1-inch vertical leap and runs the 40-yard dash in 4.8 seconds. All of those numbers, if accurate, are impressive … Rankings dipped as a senior. When he committed to UM last January, he chose UM over Florida and Florida State, and was rated between 12th (247) and 17th (Rivals) at his position, and a four-star recruit … His coach told a Kentucky Rivals affiliate Ford commanded double and triple coverage … Wore No. 44 in high school … Was a Kentucky target … Wants to be an ESPN commentator when his playing days are over.
On tape: Hudl page: http://www.hudl.com/profile/3390255/jon-ford