Miami Hurricanes practice notes: DT Jon Ford arrives

Jon Ford at Thursday’s practice. (Matt Porter/The Palm Beach Post)

CORAL GABLES – The last 2017 signee who had yet to join Hurricanes has done so.

Defensive tackle Jon Ford, held up by academic issues, enrolled and Thursday pulled on a No. 96 practice jersey for the first time.

Ford, from Fort Lauderdale-Dillard High, was a three-star recruit. He is listed at 6-5 and 275 pounds.

Defensive coordinator Manny Diaz, in comments last week, referred to Ford as an unopened “Christmas present” waiting under the tree.

“It’s like opening a present,” he said.  “You had one left under the tree. You’re putting your tree [out] a couple weeks after Christmas and all of a sudden there’s one left in there. We’ll open it up, see if we can plug it in and play.”

Ford is likely to back up starter RJ McIntosh, along with second-teamers Anthony Moten and Pat Bethel.

* Ahmmon Richards was riding the bike during the media viewing period, as was Trayone Gray. Regulars on the Tour de Greentree who remain there: Hayden Mahoney, Zalon’tae Hillery and Waynmon Steed. All are in various stages of injury recovery.

Michael Pinckney was running as a second-team Will linebacker, behind Darrion Owens. Pinckney, who started 13 games as a freshman, has been slowed by hamstring issues.

* Former UM offensive tackle Orlando Franklin watched practice.

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