Jacoby Ford was a secret coming out of high school, but after a year at Fork Union, he was no longer a secret. He signed with Clemson, and it did not take him long to make a big impression on the coaches.
In fact, the biggest argument over Ford may be between Dabo Swinney and Burton Burns. Both coaches want the opportunity to work with Ford, but his primary role will be with the receivers under Swinney. It is a role Burns says he is comfortable with, but he will get his chance.
“I am going to get a chance to have him back there,” said Burns. “He is going to be a good football player for us.”
Ford exploded in his first scrimmage with four catches for 105 yards. In fact, rising senior linebacker Anthony Waters, who is never short on words, started calling for Ford after fellow rising senior Chansi Stuckey dropped a bubble screen on Saturday.
After viewing Ford’s film from Fork Union, it was clear he was going to help Clemson, but how soon was the question. Ford has worked relentlessly since arriving on campus. He has not wasted much time on learning the offense, in fact, his teammates say he is always asking questions, even when they are going through the line to get their meals.
There has been no reports of Ford struggling fielding punts or kickoffs, so he is on schedule to take a stronghold on that role come August. With Ford, Stuckey, James Davis, and Aaron Kelly, the Tigers have an arsenal of weapons that could be a force to be reckoned with.