- Greg Ostendorf, ESPN Staff Writer
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Despite growing up in the state of Alabama, Johnathan Ford (New Hope, Ala./New Hope) had never been to a football game at the University of Alabama.
When the three-star running back committed to Vanderbilt in April, it looked like he might have to wait until the Commodores played in Tuscaloosa before he could attend a game at Bryant-Denny Stadium.
His day came sooner than expected.
Ford, who’s recently become a target for the Crimson Tide in recruiting, visited Alabama on Saturday for the Mississippi State game.
“The game atmosphere was real nice,” he said. “It’s something I’ve never experienced before. It was pretty chilly, but I had a good time. They looked real good.”
It was the first time Ford had been on UA’s campus since he attended one of the Tide’s junior days last winter.
“The visit was good,” Ford said. “I arrived and met with Coach [Nick] Saban and talked with him for a little bit. That was my first time talking to him. We just talked about situations and stuff like that. He said I could play different skill positions, on defense and offense.”
As a senior at New Hope High School, Ford has played all over the field, both on offense and defense. Most schools, including Alabama, are recruiting the 5-foot-11, 190-pound prospect as an athlete.
Since the start of his senior season, Ford has also picked up new interest from both Georgia and Tennessee, as well as Alabama.