Cal legacy Nick Ford became a big target for the Bears early in the process, but he will not be joining the Bears. The offensive lineman from San Pedro is headed to Utah. It appears the Utes are giving him the chance to play defense, which eventually gave them the edge.
Ford is a three star offensive lineman according to 247Sports Composite. He’s ranked as the 134th best offensive tackle and the 128th best California prospect. Ford held offers from several Pac-12 programs, including Cal, Oregon State, Washington, Washington State, Utah, and Colorado. Here are his highlights.
With Casey Roddick picking Colorado and Nick Ford picking Utah, Cal will likely finish with two offensive line commits in this class in Poly Bowl teammates Mike Saffell and Poutasi Poutasi. Expect the Bears to make offensive line recruiting a priority for the 2018 class—Cal will need to probably go after four or five in this cycle.