By now, many who follow recruiting know about Cadillac High junior offensive tackle Riley Norman, and for good reason, but the Vikings have a second junior who will be hearing from a lot of schools over the next year or so, Jack Ford.
A 6'6, 265-lb left tackle and defensive end for his school, Ford was a big part of a come from behind, 45-38, double overtime homecoming victory over Ogemaw Heights on Friday.
"We weren't there mentally," he said of his team's sluggish first half. "We wanted it, but we were making mistakes and once we got it down mentally, we had it physically, so the win came naturally."
Ford made several big plays, but the two biggest were a fumble recovery that thwarted an Ogemaw drive and a tackle in the backfield in overtime.
"It's pretty much one of the best games ever," he stated. "I've had fumbles before, but that was in freshmen and JV. To have that one and get that momentum going for the team was one of the greatest feelings to me ever."
On the big overtime stop, it was a tendency Ford had noticed on tape that allowed him to get into the backfield and drop the running back for a loss.
"I watched film and saw that number 67, their tackle, immediately would go to the right on that play, so I knew that's what was happening there."
After heading to a couple camps this summer, the college recruiting has begun for Ford.
"Toledo I've heard from, and I've had invitations to homecoming stuff. It's Toledo mainly, but I've been invited to a couple Central Michigan camps and asked back to Michigan State for a one-day."
And if he turns in more performances like the one he had on Friday, there will certainly be more.