There’s a special distinction that comes with being the first commit. For Oklahoma’s 2013 class, that first commit also happened to be its top-rated recruit in running back Keith Ford.
He committed at OU’s second junior day and never entertained the thought of looking elsewhere. Other schools tried to make a push, but Ford remained solid to the Sooners.
OU is solid at running back for 2013, but Ford has fans salivating for what can be in the future and believe he might even be good enough to see the field in the fall.
Prior to his arrival on campus, Ford spoke to SoonerNation one more time to discuss his expectations.
SoonerNation: You talk running backs and OU, you talk No. 28 with Adrian Peterson. What’s your number going to be?
Keith Ford: No. 21. They gave me 21, 27, 31 and 35, so I picked the lowest number I could.
SN: Who is your roommate going to be?
Ford: Austin Bennett. I actually played against him last year in the playoffs. I didn’t really know who he was during the season. But then we played against each other and went on the official visit at the same time and got to know each other a lot. We call each other a lot.
SN: What have you been working on since the end of your senior season?
Ford: I run a lot. Working out five days a week and eating the right foods. My mom is not going to be able to cook for me in college so I’m teaching myself now. Most of the time I’m cooking my own meals and learning to eat right. Nutrition is important.
SN: When did you know in your heart OU was the place for you?
Ford: I felt comfortable there. My parents felt comfortable. I love the coaching staff. Coach [Cale]Gundy sold me on more than the team and the school. He sold me on the people.
SN: What have the coaches told you about your potential role this season?
Ford: I don’t really talk about that. For me, it all starts with discipline. I never ask the coaches about playing time. My goal is to play next year as a true freshman, but it’s up to me to make that happen.
SN: What’s the biggest difference of going from high school to college?
Ford: The speed of the game. It’s going to be a lot of faster. You have to make real quick decisions. I feel like I have a good feel of what it’s going to be like.
SN: You met Class of 2014 running back commit Samaje Perine at the spring game. What was that like?
Ford: It was great. He’s huge. We text from time to time. He’s another Texas running back coming here, too. Like him, I’m just ready to play football in that stadium. Not too many people get that chance.
SN: Who are some of the players you’ve been talking to the most on the team?
SN: When you leave OU, what do you want your legacy to be?
Ford: To be the best running back to ever come out of OU. That’s what I’m striving for. I won’t accept anything else.