According to Canesport.com and InsideTheU, the University of Miami landed a commitment from Kilgore Texas Junior College tight end Chase Ford Monday night. According to both websites, Ford committed to UM after an in home visit from Randy Shannon.
Ford (6-6, 245) is rated a three-star recruit by Rivals.com and was also being recruited by Arizona. Ford finished his sophomore season with 32 catches for 545 yards and was named the Southwest Junior College Football Conference's Most Valuable Player, as voted on by the league's coaches.
Ford is supposed to enroll at UM in January and be available for spring football. He'll be classified as a junior.
His recruitment is a big win for the Canes, who obviously need tight end help with the loss of Dedrick Epps, Jimmy Graham and Tervaris Johnson after this season. Aside from Ford, UM is hoping to have senior Richard Gordon (assuming he's granted a medical redshirt), redshirt freshman Billy Sanders and Belle Glades Glades Central senior Clive Walford (6-6, 225) available at the tight end position.
The Hurricanes are also still currently recruiting Will Tye, a 6-3, 230-pound senior at Salisbury Prep School in Connecticut. Tye, a three-star recruit according to Rivals, has offers from UM, Florida State and N.C. State among others.