Iowa Building Strong Bond with Standout St. Louis DE Travion Ford

February 20, 2019

Written by Rob Howe

Travion Ford has only played two seasons of high school football. Despite that, the St. Louis defensive end has impressed college coaches.

Alabama, LSU and Ohio State rank among the most recognizable names in the sport. They want him.

While the big names usually are tough to beat, Ford is looking beyond the obvious. Iowa is one of those places.

After attending a bowl practice there in December, he returned to campus last weekend for a junior day. The Hawkeyes solidified their position with him.

“At this point, I’m unsure of what school would be the best fit, but Iowa is set on my list. Iowa is definitely on my list,” Ford told HN.

In addition to offers from Alabama, Ohio State, LSU and Iowa, he reports opportunities from Kentucky, Michigan State, Minnesota, Nebraska, Texas A&M Tennessee and Utah. It’s reasonable to believe more options are on the way.

On his first visit, Ford saw how the Iowa coaches and players operated during a practice. This second stop provided him with an opportunity to get to know the staff better.

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“What stood out to me the most was learning how long the coaches have been there. It shows stability,” he said. Head coach (Kirk) Ferentz and coach Kelvin Bell are recruiting me. I think they’re great and really down to earth.”

Ferentz is entering his 21st season leading the program. He’s the dean of college coaches.

As a sophomore for St. Peters (MO) Lutheran High, Ford (6-4, 215) racked up 101 tackles and 17 sacks, including five in one game. He forced four fumbles and returned a fumble for a touchdown. He earned his conference’s defensive player of the year award.

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“The (Iowa) coaches told me they love what they’ve seen on the football field and believe I would be a great fit as a defensive end edge rusher,” Ford said.

With a long list if suitors already lined up, Ford isn’t rushing through the recruiting process. He’ll see a lot more recruiters come through his new school, St. Louis Lutheran North, and have more options in his quest to find the best fit.

“I haven’t set a timeframe as of yet,” he said.

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Ford is looking into the academic side of things as well.

“I’m still not sure what exactly I would like to study. I’m leaning towards Sports Management,” he said.

Here’s a look at Ford’s sophomore highlights:

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