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2013 RB Keith Ford takes in Sooners win

11/29/2011

It didn’t take long for Oklahoma to find its running back for the class of 2012. The Sooners looked in their backyard and found Alex Ross (Jenks, Okla./Jenks). Ross was the first offer at the position and made it a quick search as he was the second verbal commit of the class.

For the 2013 class, it doesn’t appear it’s going to be that easy. Part of that is OU’s fault as the Sooners have already offered several top backs in the class.

One of them, Keith Ford (Cypress, Texas/Ranch), made his second trip to campus last weekend on an unofficial visit and watched OU’s 26-6 victory against Iowa State.

“The coaches and players really welcomed me, it was a good time,” Ford said. “Each time I’m trying to learn more and more about the program and how life is in Oklahoma.”

Ford, 5-foot-10 and 200 pounds, said he talked to most of the running backs but spent the most time talking to Roy Finch.

Though OU is certainly in the conversation, Ford is in no rush at all to make a decision. One thing that has appealed to he and his family is the tight-knit family atmosphere among the OU players and coaches. And that extends to coaches’ families, too, including running backs coach Cale Gundy.

“My parents and I really like how he cares about his family,” Ford said. “We met his family, met his wife and kids, that’s the kind of environment I want to see myself in.”

Getting to see the players prepare for the game was another bonus for Ford. He said he noticed before the game how the players liked to play around. But as it got closer to game time, the mindset totally changed.

“Their attitude just became so serious,” Ford said. “You see how much it means to these guys and how much they respect their opportunity.”

For now, he's focused on his senior season. Ford missed some time with a foot injury and Cypress Ranch was one game away from making the playoffs. Ford said he’s already back in the weight room, getting ready to make sure the team doesn’t get stopped again.

Ford also has offers from Texas A&M, Texas Tech, Utah, Notre Dame, Baylor, Northwestern and Wisconsin.